Dr. Zulkarnain Ahmad Noorden of the Department of Electrical Power Engineering (POWER) successfully passed the off-grid photovoltaic (OGPV) competency design course organised by Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Malaysia. The 10-day design course, which was held at Green Energy Research Centre, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, from 15 to 26 January 2018, is one of the renewable energy related competency courses organised by SEDA for system designers, chargemen and wiremen.

With the review of basic electricity and solar engineering at the beginning, the course comprehensively covered on OGPV system design such as its principles, components selection and sizing, installation, testing, commissioning and acceptance test. The course ended with theoretical and practical competency examination sessions. To be successfully awarded as a competent OGPV system designer, participants were compulsorily required to pass both examinations.

The design course was partially sponsored by the Institute of High Voltage and High Current (IVAT) as its continual practices of encouraging its staff to attend such career-related courses. POWER and IVAT wish Dr. Zulkarnain all the best and hopes he would contribute more on renewable energy related activity to the institute as well as the community. More information about the SEDA courses can be found at http://www.seda.gov.my .

Dr. Zulkarnain (leftmost) with the participants during the practical OGPV session of testing and commissioning.

Group photo with the Director of Renewable Energy Technology of SEDA, Mrs. Azah Ahmad (seventh from left) and the trainers during the design course.


By Dr. Zulkarnain Ahmad Noorden, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.