Two lecturers from the Centre of Advanced Material and Energy Sciences (CAMES), Dr Hj Abdul Hanif bin DP Hj Mahadi and Dr Ren Chong Lim attended a week-long international training programme on bioenergy development in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
This programme was organised by the Non-Aligned Movement for South-South Technical Cooperation (NAM CSSTC) with support from the Government of Indonesia (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources). NAM CSSTC was established in 1995 at the initiative of the Government of Indonesia and the Government of Brunei Darussalam at the 11th NAM Summit held in Cartagena, Colombia, as one of the vital and effective means for promoting and accelerating development in developing countries.
In this programme, both lecturers received intensive training comprising of lectures, workshops and fieldwork in the field of bioenergy, a form of renewable energy obtained from biomass. Bioenergy development can help improve the livelihoods and productivity of agricultural-based communities, in particular rural and remote areas which are not connected to the electrical grid. For higher-income economies, it can lead to a decrease in energy intensity and an increase in energy self-sufficiency. The knowledge obtained from expanding biomass supply can also be used to promote biomass as a sustainable and reliable source of raw materials for pharmaceutical and cosmetic-based industries.
Both lecturers were also able to expand their network as they worked and cooperated with other participants during this programme. The other participants included government officials, government researchers, consultants and academics from Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Cuba.
CAMES is a multi-disciplinary research centre in UBD focused on energy sciences and the development of advanced functional materials for high-value industrial applications. It provides a platform for researchers from various fields to come together to conceptualize ideas, and find solutions to problems related to our national and regional industrial needs. CAMES has been involved in a number of high-profile projects such as the development of a low-cost, efficient wind turbine for use in hybrid-renewable-energy systems and the development of smart-coatings for application in the oil & gas industry.
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