Dr Tania Urmee
Ph D in Renewable Energy,

Senior Lecturer

About me

Tania graduated with Bachelor in Physics from Dhaka University, Bangladesh and Masters Degree in Energy Technology from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. She moved to Australia in 2006 to continue her studies at Murdoch University, where she completed a PhD on renewable energy in 2009. Tania started her career in 1996 after her graduation from Dhaka University and worked in different development organizations. She worked on energy issues in developing countries. Then she moved to Thailand and Australia for higher study. Tania joined at Murdoch University first as Associate Lecturer  and then Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Energy.

Tania  has been involved in developing and updated the unit curriculum in Energy Efficient Building Design, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development and Greenhouse Science and Policy at Murdoch University. She has supervised postgraduate students and has attracted and administered some research grants and consultancy on behalf of the university.

Tania is a member of International Solar Energy Society and also a member in the Editorial boards of AIMS Energy Journal and Nature Scientific Reports. (http://www.aimspress.com)

Teaching area

Tania has been teaching in a variety of first, second, third and fourth year undergraduate and also Masters units during the past 4 years. The area includes:

  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Energy Policy

Research areas

Tania’s  researches involved with technical, social, environmental and policy issues of renewable energy technologies, particularly solar, wind and microhydro projects.She has more than 15 years experience in working with rural communities in Asia and Pacific region on solar photovoltaic (PV) electrification and energy efficiency.

Tania has been involved in energy auditing, energy policy analysis, decentralised electricity generation, co-generation, developing Energy Mapping tools for small and medium enterprise (SME), analysis of building energy efficiency  and climate change mitigation and abatement research.

Research Interest

  • Technical, social, environmental and policy issues of sustainable energy technologies
  • Energy Access in developing countries
  • Energy efficiency and Green Growth in Cities
  • Life-cycle analysis

Current projects

Tania currently supervised the following projects:

1. Success factors of rural electrification through Solar Home Systems in developing countries using African case studies :  Solar Home Systems are a technical mature and economically viable solution for the supply of basic electricity services in rural areas of Sunbelt countries. Today success of SHSs is measured in numbers of installations. In some countries (e.g. Bangladesh) SHSs are very successful, in other countries SHSs fail. This research aim to answer : what is the success of SHSs beyond the mere number of disseminated systems; the factors leading to the success or hindering the success of SHSs; and how can success of a SHS project be gauged.

2. Sustainable  Energy Electrification for Remote Rural Area on Border of Malaysia and Indonesia: This study aims to assess the possibilities of electrification of this remote borderland area using renewable technologies in a sustainable manner.  The study will evaluate the existing micro hydro projects in Malaysia and Indonesia  and develop a best practice guideline.

3Palm Oil Biomass for Electricity Generation in Malaysia: This research aim to develop a policy framework which will effectively promote the future development of the palm oil biomass renewable energy industry in Malaysia. The research findings are expected to establish the enabling conditions for the industry to grow.

4. Developing Resource Assessment and Installation Guidelines for Small Wind Turbines in the Built Environment :This study will develop resource assessment and installation guidelines for small wind turbines in the built environment area to find the optimum turbine mounting location for receiving the highest potential wind energy resource, avoiding turbulent area and yielding higher and more consistent power.

5. The life cycle analysis of sustainable building materials for use in a high thermal efficiency residential buildingThe main objective of this research is to identify the inter-relationships and trade-offs between life cycle impacts and thermal and operational performance on final building design and optimized its energy and carbon.

6. Benefits and disadvantages of using a Holistic Development Approach vs streamlined rural electrification programme using renewable energy to support social development objectives in the Himalayan context: This project will examine the different approaches to rural electrification undertaken in the Himalayan region and intent to identify the achievements, strengths and weakness of each approach, where they have common, or near-common goals, and where the programs can learn from each other, to better achieve their goals.

7. Sustainable Management of Renewable energy systems in Bhutan: This research: This research investigate the problems and highlight some of the core challenges faced by the Renewable energy projects in Bhutan and propose probable solutions to sustain RE systems in Bhutan and enhance its contribution to MDG.

8. Solar PV Performance Analysis: Analysis of performance and reliability data by location,technology, climate parameters, system type.Modelling and analysis of PV system performance loss factors

9. Towards A BIM Based Service Oriented Platform: And application of Building Simulation Modelling (BSM) related to BIM based building envelop design and location in energy efficient Buildings

 

Awards and grants

2015

  • Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Institute for Advanced Study, Germany, Senior Research Fellowship, 2015
  • Australian Meat Processing Industry Grant, ‘Quantifying Energy Savings from In-Line Temperature Boosting of Sterilizer Water Ring Mains at Abattoirs’, AU$ 68,312
  • SEIT small Grant Scheme, ‘A study of the policies that influence investment in renewable energy in the ASEAN region’, AU$10,000
  • SEIT Inter Disciplinary Collaborative Grant and Wise Earth Pty Ltd, ‘Investigation of factors affecting high penetration of domestic solar water heater (SWH) systems in Australia’,  AU$19,897

2014

  • Solar PV Performance and Reliability Analysis, sponsored by Australian PV Association Inc.
  • SEIT Small Grant Scheme, ‘ Assessing the Effect of a Novel Turbulence Model on the Structural Loading and Fatigue of Wind Turbines’, AU$ 6500
  • SEIT Small Grant Scheme, ‘Identifying opportunities for improving livelihood of women through green business using solar PV initiatives in Myanmar’, AU$6,500

2009-2012

  • WA Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, Naturescape in Kings Park iconic project. AUD 21,850
  • Opportunities for Community Housing Organisation involvement in the Green Loans Program,  Sponsored by Department of Energy, Water, Heritage and Arts, Australia., AU$50,000
  • Development and Provision of three Continuing Professional Development units for Home Sustainability Assessors,  Sponsored by Sponsored by Department of Energy, Water, Heritage and Arts, Australia., AU$28,000

Events and speaking engagements

Tania has been continuously involved in conference presentations and invited lectures. Most recently she gave a talk at Perth Sun Fair.

She is invited as a Session Chair in the upcoming international conference, ‘ Renewable Energy 2030 – Experts’ Visions’, in Oldenburg, Germany.

Doctoral and masters supervisions

Tania is currently involved in supervision of 7 PhD in the areas included under Current projects.

 

Publications

Books

  • Urmee T. Harries D and Holtorf H., ‘Photovoltaics for Rural Electrification in Developing Countries”, ISBN: 978-3-319-03788-2, e-ISBN: 978-3-319-03789-9, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland
  • Urmee, T and Kumar, S.K. (2010). A planning tool for pre-feasibility of wind-PV hybrid system. VDM Verlag Dr MUller Aktiengesellschaft & Co KG, Saarbrucken Germany. ISBN 978 3 639 21 1109-2

 Book Chapters

  • Pascale, A., Urmee, T., Moore, A. (2015),  ‘Life cycle assessment of a community hydroelectric power system in rural Thailand’, Life Cycle Costing, Editor John W. Bull , ISBN: 978-184995-148-7. Whittles Publishing, Scotland ;

Journal Papers

  1. Urmee, T.* and Anisuzzaman, M. (2016), Social, cultural and political dimensions of off grid renewable energy rural electrification programs in developing countries. Renewable Energy, Volume 93, 2016 (159-167), Impact factor: 3.982
  2. Hans HoltorfTania Urmee,  Martina Calais, and Trevor Pryor (2016), ‘Solar Home System’s success–the institutions’ views, IEEE explorer, 2016
  3. Hans Holtorf, Tania UrmeeMartina Calais, and Trevor Pryor (2015), ‘Success of Solar Home Systems – the Users’ views’, AIMS Energy Journal  Vol 3, Issue 4, 679-698, 2015
  4. Andrew Pascale, Jonathan Whale, Tania Urmee* and S. Kumar (2015), ‘Examining the potential for developing women-led solar PV enterprises in rural Myanmar, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review. Vol 57, pp. 576-583; Impact factor: 7.445
  5. Hans Holtorf, ,  Tania UrmeeMartina Calais, and Trevor Pryor (2015)  ‘A model to evaluate the success of Solar Home Systems, Renewable and Sustainable  Energy Review, Vol 50, pp 245-255, Impact Factor: 6.57; doi:10.1016/j.rser.2015.05.015
  6. Julius Tanesab, David Parlevliet, Jonathan Whale, Tania Urmee, Trevor Pryor (2015), ‘The Contribution of Dust to Performance Degradation of PV Modules in a Temperate Climate Zone’ Solar Energy, Vol 120, pp, 147-157mpact Factor 4.452; doi:10.1016/j.solener.2015.06.052
  7. Amir Bashirzadeh Tabrizi, Jonathan Whale, Thomas Lyons and Tania Urmee (2015), Rooftop wind monitoring campaigns for small wind turbine applications: effect of sampling rate and averaging period, Renewable Energy Vol 77 (2015),pp. 320-330, Impact factor 3.456
  8. Amir Bashirzadeh Tabrizi, Jonathan Whale, Thomas Lyons and Tania Urmee (2015), Extent to which international wind turbine design standard, IEC61400-2 is valid for a rooftop wind installation, Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics, Vol. 139 (2015),pp 50-61, Impact factor :2.12
  9. Kshight Tamir, Tania Urmee* and Trevor Pryor (2015), Accepted for publication in Energy for Sustainable Development ,  Vol 27 (2015), pp (1-9)  Impact Factor: 2.22
  10. Tania Urmee and Chris Brooks (2014), ‘Importance of Individual Capacity Building for Successful Solar Program Implementation: A Case Study in the Philippines’, Accepted in Renewable Energy.  Impact factor 3.456
  11. Tania Urmee and Samuel Gyamfi (2014), ‘A review of improved Cookstove technologies and programs’, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review, Vol 33 Pages (625-635). Impact Factor: 6.577
  12. * Mohd Shaharin Umar, Philip Jennings and Tania Urmee (2014),  ‘Sustainable electricity generation from oil palm biomass wastes in Malaysia: An industry survey’, Energy, 37 (2014) 496-505. Impact Factor: 4.107
  13. *Mohd Shaharin Umar, Philip Jennings and Tania Urmee (2014), ‘Generating renewable energy from oil palm biomass in Malaysia: The Feed-in Tariff policy Framework, ‘ Biomass and Bioenergy’ 62 (2014)37-46. Impact Factor: 3.931
  14. Amir Bashirzadeh Tabrizi, Jonathan Whale, Thomas Lyons and Tania Urmee (2013), ‘Performance and safety of rooftop wind turbines: Use of CFD to gain insight into in flow conditions’, Renewable Energy (2013); http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2013.11.033 Impact Factor: 3.456
  15. *Mohd Shaharin Umar, Philip Jennings and Tania Urmee (2013). ‘Strengthening the Palm Oil Biomass Renewable Energy Industry in Malaysia Renewable Energy’, Renewable Energy 60(2013) pp 107-117. Impact Factor: 3.456
  16. *S. Murni, J. Whale, T. Urmee, J.K. Davis and D. Harries (2013), Learning from experience: A survey of existing  micro hydropower projects in Ba’Kelalan, Malaysia” , Renewable Energy 60 (2013) pp 88-97; Impact Factor: 3.456
  17. Samuel Gyamfy,  Susan Krumdieck and Tania Urmee (2013). ‘Residential Peak Electricity Demand Response – Highlights of Some Behavioural Issues”  Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 25 (2013) pp. 71-77; Impact Factor: 6.577
  18. *Muni, S., Whale, J., Urmee, T., Davis, J. and Harries, D. (2012). Hydro power systems in Remote Rural Electrification: a Case study in the Bawan Valley, Borneo. Procedia Engineering 49 (2012) pp 189-196; Impact Factor: NA
  19. Dde Babline, D., Urmee, T. and Ally, J. (2012). Prospects and problems of increasing electricity production from mid-size renewable energy generation on the south-west interconnected system (SWIS) in WA. Procedia Engineering 49 (2012) pp 57-65; Impact Factor: NA
  20. *Urmee, T., Harries, D., (2012), The solar home PV program in Fiji e A successful RESCO approach?, Renewable Energy, Volume 48, 2012 pp 499-506; Impact Factor: 3.456
  21. Urmee, T., Thoo S., Killick, W, (2012): Energy efficiency status of the community housing in Australia , Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 16, Issue 4, May 2012, Pages 1916-1925; Impact Factor: 6.577
  22. *Dorji,T, Urmee, T., Jennings, P., (2012)  Options for off-grid electrification in the Kingdom of Bhutan, Renewable Energy,  Volume 45, 2012 pp 51-58.; Impact Factor: 3.456
  23. *Holtorf, H., Calais, M., Pryor, T., Urmee, T., (2012), An approach to Solar Home System’s success, In: 2nd International Conference on the Developments in Renewable Energy Technology, ICDRET, IEEE explore.; Impact Factor:NA
  24. *Urmee, T., Harries, D., (2011), Determinants of the success and sustainability of Bangladesh’s SHS program, Renewable Energy, 36, 11, pages 2822 – 2830.; Impact Factor: 3.456
  25. Pascale, A., Urmee, T., Moore, A., (2011), Life cycle assessment of a community hydroelectric power system in rural Thailand, Renewable Energy, 36, 11, pages 2799 – 2808; Impact Factor: 3.456
  26. Urmee, T., Harries, D., (2009), Solar Photovoltaic Programme Implementers in the Asia-Pacific Region, Modern Energy Review, 1, 1, pages 44 – 46. Impact Factor: 3.456
  27. Urmee, T., Harries, D., Schlapfer, A., (2009), Issues related to rural electrification using renewable energy in developing countries of Asia and Pacific, Renewable Energy, 34, 2, pages 354 – 357. Impact Factor: 3.456
  28. Urmee, T., Harries, D., (2009), A survey of solar PV program implements in Asia and the Pacific regions, Energy for Sustainable Development, 13, 24-32. Impact Factor: 2.22
  29. Dipal C. Barua, Tania P. Urmee, S. Kumar, and S. C. Bhattacharya(2001), “A Photovoltaic Solar Home System Dissemination Model”, Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Application, April 2001, pp. 313-322. Impact factor 7.712
  30. Ali Agar and Tania P. Urmee (2000), “Performance testing of lead acid batteries as a  function of Depth of Discharge and Temperature in Photovoltaic Application in Rural Bangladesh”, World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC),  Brighton, 1-7 July 2000 ,  Renewable Energy , Special Publication, pp 817-820, Impact factor:3.456
  31. Nancy Wimmer and Tania P. Urmee( 1999), “Transforming Lives: Micro-credit promotes renewable energy in Bangladesh”, Renewable Energy World/July 99. NA
  32. M. M. Hussain and Tania P. Urmee( 1996), “A Case Study of PV System Design for a Rural Village in Bangladesh”, World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC), Denver, Colorado, 1996, Renewable Energy, Special Publication pp. 1116 Impact factor:3.456
  33. M. M. Hussain and Tania P. Urmee (1996), “Design and Fabrication of a Low Cost Solar Water Heater”, World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC), Denver, Colorado, 1996, Renewable Energy, Special Publication pp. 906. Impact factor:3.456

Selected Recent Refereed Conference papers:

  1. *Murni, S.,  Urmee, T.,  Whale, J.,  Davis, J. & Harries, D.,  (2014). The Implementation of Microhydro Projects in Remote Villages on the Border of Indonesia and Malaysia: Lessons Learnt. International Conference and Utility Exhibition on Green Energy for Sustainable Development (ICUE 2014).March 18-21, 2014, Pattaya, Thailand.
  2. *Holtorf, H., Pryor, T, Urmee, T., and Calais, M. (2011). Appraisal of Success of Solar Home Systems, 2nd Ostbayerisches Technology Transfer Institute eV (OTTI e.V.) Symposium (2011), Ostbayerisches Technology Transfer Institute eV (OTTI), Regensburg, Germany.
  3. *Holtorf, H, Calais, M, Pryor, T. and Urmee, T. (2011). Solar Home System’s Success Analysis. ISES Solar World Congress (2011), International Solar Energy Society (ISES), Freiburg, Germany, DVD, 1-8.