Seminar Series: March 2010


SPEAKER 1 : Mr Nazeri Abdul Rahman

TOPIC : A comparison of multiple attribute decision makings (MADM) and cost benefit analysis (CBA) for sustainable bioenergy projects: A case study for Malaysia



Sustainability, as widely accepted, incorporate aspects related to the economic capability, environmental impacts, and social aspects. Integration of sustainability issues into decision-makings framework of project planning is inevitable and bioenergy project is not exempted. However, due the practice of “economic profitability first” culture in Malaysia and due to unavailability of proper decision-making tools which integrate complex sustainability aspects that are relevant to Malaysian context, inclusion of sustainability issues in the planning of bioenergy project are still at minimum stage in Malaysia. Therefore, the main objective of this study was to compare decision making frameworks in order to develop strategies for sustainable biomass power generation, which are pertinent to Malaysia perspectives. As such a case study have been developed, where two multiple attribute decision makings (MADM) have been selected; Analytical Hierarchical Process (AHP) and Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS), and compare with the conventional Cost Benefits Analysis. The study showed that the utilisation of MADM eases the inclusion of sustainability issues in bioenergy project planning despite some disadvantages observed.


SPEAKER 2 : Dr Mohammad Omar Abdullah

TOPIC : Introduction To Some Applied Energy Research and Their Positive Outlooks


Selected applied energy research carried out by us is introduced in this presentation. This includes adsorption air-conditioning for automobile, hybrid energy for a Telecenter, fuel cell science/application, total energy efficient for maximize chips production and palm/coconut based methyl ester for petroleum oil-based mud (OBM) formulation. The main purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview on the significance of the research works conducted and the associated outlooks. The related methodology employed is discussed and interesting findings are highlighted together with the discussions on the current attempts for further improvements, thus their positive outlooks.


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