Energy Performance Assessment for Taylor’s University

CALL FOR GRADUATE RESEARCH STUDENT

Applications are invited for the post of Graduate Research Student for Taylor’s Research Grant Scheme (TRGS) under Taylor’s University’s sponsored research projects.
Project Duration         : 18 Months
Project Code              : TRGS/MFS/1/2017/SOE/007
Project Title                : Energy Performance Assessment for Taylor’s University
 
Brief of Project:
An energy end-use analysis is a periodical assessment embarked by the company if and when energy cost shows a substantial portion of the company’s operating costs. Taylor’s University (TU) in particular is heavily using energy in its day-to-day operations. According to TU facilities management office, the latest 3-months electricity bill showed monthly consumption of 1,072,236 kWh, 1,130,720 kW, and 1,021,680 kWh for May to July 2017 respectively. This constitutes a monthly bill of RM 510,645.76, RM 533,532.65, and RM 485,764,17 for May to July 2017 respectively. In the same period, the peak demand registered 3,340 kW, 3,261 kW, and 3,097 kW with monthly demand charges of RM 98,172, RM 98,808, and RM 93,839 respectively. The bill is believed to be a significant portion of TU’s monthly operating cost and the significance is much evident on the peak demand (maximum demand use) where, on average, it is roughly about 20% of the monthly bill. Peak demand is the power consumed over a predetermined period of time, typically between 8 to 30 minutes. The power is calculated using a power demand meter, which records the highest kW value in the period of measurement, over a month’s time. The purpose of demand control is not to exceed the contracted maximum demand limit. This project will focus to achieve (but not limited to) the following objectives
  1. To formulate an energy management system that covers the active energy consumption (kWh), reactive energy consumption (kVARh), peak demand (kW), and operational power factor;
  2. To develop a strategy for reduction of kWh consumption addressing the reactive energy demand to improve the system power factor;
  3. To conduct a cost-benefit analysis on potential energy saving opportunities through appropriate cost-effect effective recommendations.
 
 
Designation:
Master Student by Research –1
Specific Qualifications/ Requirements: Should have a degree in Electrical/ Electronics/Energy Engineering. Experience in power system analysis and simulation (ETAP) as an advantage.
Stipend and Benefits: Students are encouraged to apply for Research scholarship (applicable for both Master’s students with 75% tuition fee waiver and stipend). Refer to ‘Postgraduate Funding’ for eligibility, application and selection details for these scholarships.
Successful candidates who do not qualify for the above-mentioned scholarships will be funded through a Graduate Research Assistant scheme with monthly stipend of up to RM 1500. Students will be enrolled in M.Sc. in Engineering under the School of Engineering.
 
Job Description for Master’s by Research Candidate: Conduct energy audit of buildings and energy consumption for Taylor’s University facilities, harmonics, voltage swells, and power factor check, power simulation and analysis, develop energy saving opportunities, and writing scholarly articles among others.
 
Interested candidates can directly contact Mr Reynato Andal Gamboa with their CV and research proposal via e-mail (reynatoandal.gamboa@taylors.edu.my) or call (03) 5629 5396.
School of Engineering, Faculty of Built Environment, Engineering, Technology & Design
Taylor’s University. 47500.