Dr Tania Urmee
Ph D in Renewable Energy,

Lecturer

About me

Tania graduated with Bachelor in Physics from Dahka 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. (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 including:

  • Introduction to Energy (First year)
  • Energy in Society (First year)
  • Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development (Second year and Masters)
  • Energy Efficient Building Design (Third year and Masters)
  • Greenhouse Science and Policy (Third year and Masters)
  • Case Studies of Renewable Energy (Masters)

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.

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 Performence 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

 

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 6 PhD in the areas included under Current projects.

 

Publications

Journals

  • Umar, M., Jennings, P., Urmee, T., (2014), Sustainable electricity generation from oil palm biomass wastes in Malaysia: An industry survey, Energy, 67, , pages 496 - 505.
  • Urmee, T., Gyamfi, S., (2014), A review of improved Cookstove technologies and programs, Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 33, , pages 625 - 635.
  • Umar, M., Jennings, P., Urmee, T., (2014), Generating renewable energy from oil palmbiomass in Malaysia: The Feed-in Tariff policyframework, Biomass & Bioenergy, 62, , pages 37 - 46.
  • Umar, M., Jennings, P., Urmee, T., (2013), Strengthening the Palm Oil Biomass Renewable Energy Industry in Malaysia Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy, 60, , pages 107 - 115.
  • Gyamfi, S., Krumdieck, S., Urmee, T., (2013), Residential peak electricity demand responseHighlights of some behavioural issues, Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 25, , pages 71 - 77.
  • Murni, S., Whale, J., Urmee, T., Davis, J., Harries, D., (2013), Learning from experience: A survey of existing micro-hydropower projects in Ba'Kelalan, Malaysia, Renewable Energy, 60, , pages 88 - 97.
  • Urmee, T., Harries, D., (2012), The solar home PV program in Fiji - A successful RESCO approach?, Renewable Energy, 48, , pages 499 - 506.
  • Murni, S., Whale, J., Urmee, T., Davis, J., Harries, D., (2012), The Role of Micro Hydro Power Systems in Remote Rural Electrification: A Case Study in The Bawan Valley, Borneo, Procedia Engineering, 49, , pages 189 - 196.
  • de Balbine, D., Urmee, T., 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, , pages 57 - 65.
  • Dorji, T., Urmee, T., Jennings, P., (2012), Options for off-grid electrification in the Kingdom of Bhutan, Renewable Energy, 45, , pages 51 - 58.
  • Urmee, T., Thoo, S., Killick, W., (2012), Energy efficiency status of the community housing in Australia, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 16, 4, pages 1916 - 1925.
  • Urmee, T., Harries, D., (2011), Determinants of the success and sustainability of Bangladesh's SHS program, Renewable Energy, 36, 11, pages 2822 - 2830.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Urmee, T., Harries, D., (2009), A survey of solar PV program implements in Asia and the Pacific regions, American Institute of Physics (AIP) Conference Proceedings Series, , , pages -.

Conference

  • 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.
  • Murni, S., Whale, J., Davis, J., Urmee, T., Harries, D., (2010),Status of Rural Electrification in the 'Heart of Borneo': Role of Micro Hydro Projects,In: Solar2010, the 48th Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES) Annual Conference (2010).
  • Urmee, T., Harries, D., (2009),Solar PV program in Fiji-Is it a RESCO Approach?,In: 5th DUBROVNIK CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF ENERGY WATER AND ENVIRONMENT SYSTEMS.
  • Urmee, T., Harries, D., Schlapfer, A., (2008),A survey of the views of program implementers on success factors of solar PV programs in Asia and the Pacific,In: World EcoCity World Summit (2008).
  • 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.
  • Holtorf, H, Calais, M, Pryor, T. and Urmee, T. (2011). Solar Home System’s Success Analysis. ISES Solar World Congress (2011), The International Solar Energy Society (ISES), Freiburg, Germany, DVD, 1-8.
  • 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
  • M. Anisuzzaman and Tania P. Urmee (2006), ‘Financing Mechanisms of Solar Home Systems for Rural Electrification in Developing Countries’, International Conference on Energy for Sustainable Development: Issues and Prospects for Asia, Phuket, Thailand, March 2006.
  • R. M. Shrestha, S. Kumar, S. Martin and T. Urmee(2005), ‘Application of Productive Uses of Renewable Energy for Small Medium and Micro-enterprises’, presented in the UNDP expert meeting, May 2005, Amari Watergate, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Tania P. Urmee and S. Kumar (2005), Assessment of Wind-PV Hybrid System for Decentralised Rural Electrification using Geographic Information System, World Renewable Energy Regional Congress, Jakarta, April, 2005.
  • 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
  • Tania P. Urmee(1999), “Promotions of Renewable Energy Technology in Bangladesh”, Proceedings of World Sustainable Energy Day, Wels, Austria, March, 1999
  • Nancy Wimmer and Tania P. Urmee( 1999), “Transforming Lives: Micro-credit promotes renewable energy in Bangladesh”, Renewable Energy World/July 99.
  • 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 , Special Publication, pp 817-820
  • M. M. Hussain and Tania P. Urmee, “A Case Study of PV System Design for a Rural Village in Bangladesh”, World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC), Denver, Colorado, 1996, Special Publication pp. 1116

Books:

  • 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