UiTM and Afridat UG Germany Collaborate on Renewable Energy Technology

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The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (FKM), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia hosted the First UiTM- Afridat UG (Haftungsbeschränkt) Germany joint e-MoU signing ceremony and e-Colloquium Webinar on ‘Renewable Hydrogen Energy’ in November 2020. The joint colloquium was part of the MoU activities between UiTM and Management and Science University (MSU).

The session began with an opening speech by Professor Ir. Dr. Muhammad Azmi Ayub, Dean, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, UiTM. The dean congratulated both UiTM and Afridat UG (Haftungsbeschränkt) Germany for their initiative and commitment towards the success of the e-MoU program and emphasized that “today’s signing sets a significant milestone for closer research collaboration between UiTM and Afridat UG (Haftungsbeschränkt) Germany”.

The session continued with a speech by Dr.-Ing. Ibrahim Kolawole Muritala, Executive Director of Afridat UG (Haftungsbeschränkt) Germany who identified some areas of collaboration with UiTM.

The session ended with an open discussion between the Vice-Chancellor of UiTM – Emeritus Professor Datuk Ir Dr Mohd Azraai Kassim and the representative of Afridat UG (Haftungsbeschränkt) Germany. The Vice-Chancellor of UiTM encouraged more joint collaborations and hoped that the e-MoU will be a gateway for more European Union joint projects on renewable energy

The second day of the e-Colloquium Webinar started with an opening speech by the Dean, FKM, UiTM. This was followed by a presentation by Dr.-Ing. Alhassan Salami Tijani from UiTM who presented his research on the Advance Modelling Approach of Renewable Hydrogen Production. Dr Alhassan discussed in detail the latest trends and main challenges of hydrogen production through electrolyzer.

The next speaker, Dr.-Ing. Ibrahim Kolawole Muritala shared his research findings on “Alternative Methods of Renewable Hydrogen Production”. He focused his presentation on industrial processes and climate change effects and stressed the need to move from conventional energy resources to renewable hydrogen production.

The Dean in his closing remark highlighted, “Universities and research institutions have a leading role in the dissemination of domestic new technological innovation & inventions related to renewable hydrogen technology for their industrial players”.

He further added, “Adoption of local methods and improvement in technologies will lead to competitiveness and wealth creation. Finally, it is very important for universities to encourage strategic collaboration for quick-wins: upskilling & reskilling”.

The main expected outcome through this collaboration between UiTM and Afridat UG (Haftungsbeschränkt) Germany is to strengthen cooperation through high impact publications and promote international collaboration in relation to renewable energy technology between Asia and European Union.