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.
Dr. Ahmad Maliki Omar is an Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.
Dr. Maliki obtained his diploma in Dip. Terjemahan (DBP), 1987 and pursue his study at degree level in Electrical Engineering (Hons) in 1985 from University of Malaya. After finished his degree level, Dr. Maliki Omar pursue his master level in 1992 at Loughborough University of Technology, United Kingdom in Power Electronics. In year 2002, Dr. Maliki obtained his Doctorate Degree in Power Electronics from University Of Malaya.
He got vast experienced in industry when he start as a Planning Engineer in Binafon Telecommunication Sdn Bhd in year 1985 until 1986. The jobs were to plan and design telecommunication fundamental cable networks from Exchange to Cabinets.
Dr. Maliki got 33 years of teaching experience with undergraduate electrical engineering students and 15 years of experience in teaching, training, including consultancy works related to solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems. He teaches at University Teknologi MARA (Lecturer) from 1986 until 2019. He teaches undergraduate Electrical Engineering courses in Electric Machines, Power Electronics, Programmable Logic Controllers, Peripheral Interface Controller, Digital Design Using Field Programmable Gate Arrays/ Complex Programmable Logic Devices and Renewable Energy. Dr. Maliki representing Malaysia at IEA-PVPS Task 11.
Dr. Maliki also involved in Consultancy from 2009 until now. He got an experiences in conducting more than 30 customized short courses on the subject related to PV systems. Moreover, he experience in diagnosing and solving under-performance PV systems for medium and large-scale solar farms. Besides that, Dr. Maliki also experience in solving power factor issues for indirect connection of GCPV system.
Currently, Dr. Maliki was appointed as the Master Trainer and Examiner for the SEDA competency Program from 2011 until now. He conduct training on short courses conducted by SEDA including GCPV system design, OGPV system design, ToT for Installer, and ToT for Wireman/Chargeman.