Sulaiman Shaari has been involved in photovoltaic (PV) system applications development and talent cultivation for many years and is a leading figure in this field in Malaysia and the region. He represented Malaysia at international activities such as: IEA PVPS; IEC; and APEC EWG 14 2015A project. He has been giving services to the government and industry in research, consultancy and expert advice in various forms, including local and international companies. He has been the chief trainer-examiner for several PV systems training programmes in Malaysia and ASEAN, and has provided expert services on: PV systems design, training, evaluation, tender documents, proposals and post-project evaluations for grid-connected (GC) and off-grid (OG) PV systems. Sulaiman is chairman of the national group for Malaysian Standards (MS) on PV as well member of the Technical Committee on Renewable Energy. For his contributions, he was given an award by the Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA) 2015 and an award from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations (MOSTI), Malaysia 2013. He has been regularly engaged as evaluator and referee for the country’s energy and PV related project proposals and funding, energy audits, organizing seminars/workshops, judging of competitions and reviewing technical journal papers.
Sulaiman has won several excellent service awards as well as medals for PV related products in international exhibitions, written, presented and published many books on solar PV technology and physics, journals, conferences, etc. He is now Secretary General of the APVIA from 2019-2021 and is VicePresident II of the MPIA since 2017. He now teaches as a Professor at the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.
Dr. Lim Boon Han is an assistant professor at University of Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia.
Upon graduating with Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (first class honours) from the University of Technology Malaysia in 1998, he pursued his PhD directly – majored in Optical Engineering – in the same university after selected by a Cambridge University Fellow Professor from Cavendish Laboratory; he was also awarded National Science Fellowship from Malaysian government to support the doctorate study.
Dr. Lim has been involving in the solar energy research and engineering works for about 20 years, his fields include photovoltaic (PV) technology supply chain, solar tracking, non-imaging focusing technology, etc. He has led more than 40 research projects, built more than 75 sets of solar furnaces and designed more than 40 MW of commissioned solar power plants, including China’s first government-subsidized solar power plant in 2006 which laid the foundation for the subsequent feed-in tariff and incentives introduced until today. He also invented and mass-produced the world’s largest solar tracker with rotating platform of 35m in diameter.
He and his team received “China Top Ten Science and Technology Progress Award in year 2009”, the highest level of science and technology award in China, for the application of NIFH (non-imaging focusing heliostat) solar furnace to purify metallurgical silicon into solar-grade silicon feedstock.
Dr Lim has served at Malaysia University of Science and Technology as well as the University Science and Technology of China. He is reviewer of Elsevier Science: Solar Energy, review editor of Frontiers in Solar Energy and associate editor of Journal of Daylighting.
He is also a member of Global Young Academy (GYA), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), International Solar Energy Society (ISES), National Committee of CIE (International Commission on Illumination) Malaysia (MyCIE), and working group committee on Photovoltaic Standards of Malaysia national standards development agency SIRIM.
Dr Lim’s present and future research focus on solar power plant optimization, low cost smart module, building integrated PV system, carbon emission reduction, etc.