Nationality : Malaysia
Born : 1962
Position : Professor of Renewable Energy at the Solar Energy Research Institute, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Field of study : Solar Energy Technology
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Prof. Kamaruzzaman Sopian's main contributions to solar energy lie in advanced solar photovoltaic systems, solar-powered regenerative fuel cells, solar hydrogen production, and advanced solar thermal systems (solar cooling, solar heat pump, solar-assisted drying, combined photovoltaic thermal or hybrid collector). He has published 932 articles and has 26,581 citations with h-index of 86 (SCOPUS) and 104 (Google Scholar). He is listed in the highly-cited researchers, Clarivate Analytics (2019 - 2022) in the field of engineering, attributed to pioneers in their fields, and by the production of multiple highly-cited papers ranked in the top 1% by citations. He has undertaken short assignments in 10 countries for international agencies such as UNDP-GEF, UNIDO, ASEAN EU-Energy Facility, ASEAN-Australia Economic Co-operation Program, ASEAN-CIDA (Canada International Development Agency), JSPS-VCC, British Council CHICHE, ISESCO and UNESCO related to renewable energy technology. Promoting solar energy technology to society and community engagement has been his passion. He developed solar dryers for marine and agricultural produce for the B40 communities in Cambodia and Malaysia. He delivered solar water filters and water pumping systems for rural communities in Malaysia and also established the net-neutral renewable energy community concept in Kampung Cendaha, Tasik Chini. He transferred the knowledge and know-how for solar energy systems to the industries by designing and commissioning the first large-scale solar-assisted hot water system for a 1000-bed hospital in Malaysia, a dual axis tracker for a photovoltaic powered telecommunication tower, and a solar-assisted drying system for oil palm fronds for a palm oil factory. He developed a cottage industry for the manufacturing of photovoltaic panels in rural Malaysia, which received the TUV international certification.