University of Nottingham Malaysia

Energy, Fuel and Power Technology Division

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The central theme of the Energy, Fuel, Power and Technology Research Division is the development of renewable energy and sustainable, alternative fuels through a broad range of innovative experimental and computational studies. Our research adopts a multidisciplinary approach with international and local collaborative partners.

Our work is mainly supported by the Malaysian government (e.g. Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE)), governmental agencies and industry. 

We have dedicated facilities for both fundamental and applied research, as well as internationally recognised expertise within the following three research groups:

Internal Combustion Engines

The Internal Combustion Engines Research Group works on an array of combustion-related topics, with a particular emphasis on sustainable energy conversion technologies for ground transportation. Our strength lies in advanced computational research focussed on improving in-cylinder modelling of diesel-biodiesel combustion and emissions. Our wide-ranging computational studies are complemented by experimental research activities on biofuels production and its use in engines. We have a number of partnerships and collaborations, including with the Malaysia Palm Oil Board, Engines Research Group at The University of Nottingham UK, Combustion Engine Group at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark.

Research projects

  • Development of a fundamental model of reduced reaction mechanism and fuel physical properties for the combustion simulation of palm biodiesel
  • Investigation of high biodiesel fuel blend on material compatibility, fuel storage and lubricating oil in a light-duty diesel engine
  • Surrogate fuel modelling using large hydrocarbons
  • Heterogeneous transesterification of crude palm oil using palm oil mill fly ash-based solid catalyst

Renewable Energy

The Renewable Energy Group focusses on many types of renewable energy research, such as solar energy (including solar thermal applications and solar desalination), biofuel production and engines optimisation, biomass pyrolysis, gasification and biogas generation from biomass, small hydro/wind energy and energy storage systems for renewable energy. We have attracted a significant amount of funding from different sources. Current partnerships and collaborations include, The SCORE project UK, Panasonic Research and Development Sdn. Bhd., INTEL corporation Malaysia, and Megaduct Sdn. Bhd.

Research projects

  • Development of thermoacoustic engine for rural areas
  • Optimisation study on the SCORE engine
  • Design and fabrication of a lab scale pyrolysis reactor for biomass
  • Optimisation studies for low speed wind power generation in Malaysia
  • Energy storage and buffering for PV applications

    Fuels and Sustainability

    This Fuels and Sustainability Research Group focuses on sustainable energy solutions to address depleting fossil fuel reserves as well as emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants from the use of fossil fuels. We specialise in developing low carbon fuels in addition to carbon reduction and mitigation technologies. Current partnerships and collaborations include the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation and Niko Resources.

    Research areas

    • Chemical and thermo-chemical conversions of biomass, oil and lipid to produce bio-fuel, chemical precursors, and biodiesel
    • Environment impact assessment for oil and gas well drilling relief well drilling, gas treatment plant, and gas collector network
    • Well blow-out monitoring, disaster management plan, and implementation

    Research projects

    • Production of biofuel from agricultural residues via fast pyrolysis process and upgrading
    • Al enhanced lead acid battery rejuvenator using supercapacitors
    • Experimental and modelling investigation of Malaysian biomass co-firing with coal
    • Production and physico-chemical characterisation of bio-oil from the pyrolysis of Jatropha curcas wastes


    Energy, Fuel and Power Technology Division
    The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
    Jalan Broga,
    43500 Semenyih,
    Selangor Darul Ehsan,
    t:  +6 (03) 8924 8000  
    f:  +6 (03) 8924 8005 

    University of Nottingham Malaysia

    Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
    Selangor Darul Ehsan

    telephone: +6 03 8924 8000
    fax: +6 03 8924 8005

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