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. An Innovative Control Approach to Improve PV Integration into Remote Electricity Networks: Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems being a variable source of electricity generation impose challenges on the operation and maintenance of conventional electricity networks. Specifically, electricity networks in remote areas (commonly referred to as ‘remote electricity networks’) being susceptible primarily due to their limited generation capacity and spinning reserve are likely to be critically affected by the variability of PV generation. Development of robust control mechanisms incorporating PV forecasting technology, network equipment and ancillary services provided by inverter coupled generation systems has been suggested to enhance the operational stability and reliability of electricity supply. The research goals are to analyse and resolve the technical complexities due to higher PV penetration into remote electricity networks by developing an innovative control mechanism using PV forecasting technology, controllable storage systems, ancillary services and real time measurement methods. The research aims to explore the technical challenges of PV integration. Furthermore, impacts of PV forecasting techniques and other control strategies will be investigated and their impact on mitigating the technical challenges will be analysed. A cost-benefit analysis of the approaches will also be conducted. Hence, the research will provide technical recommendations for improved PV integration into remote electricity networks and contribute to limit the associated GHG emission by displacing high cost fossil-fuel based electricity generation.

2. Performance Improvement of Building Heating, Cooling and Ventilation System: Buildings especially commercial buildings consume a huge amount of primary energy: almost 39% of total primary energy of the world. Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system being the highest energy consuming sector of a building holds the prime importance in performing efficiently. Now-a-days the Energy Management and Control System (EMCS) of HVAC system of a building can play a vital role in energy conservation and additionally, providing thermal comfort to the occupants. Still the present problem (i.e. difficulty of mapping between input and output variables of HVAC system, not applicable for real-time online practice etc.) in HVAC control system is driving the researchers in this area to go ahead. This research aim to answer: Are there any energy efficiency improvement potentials of HVAC systems considering economic and environmental aspects; How can the system be optimised by balancing energy consumption and the facility thermal comfort; and What are the factors that need to be focused on while optimising the HVAC system and what are optimum solutions to control HVAC system.

3. The Effect of Dust on the Performance of Solar Photovoltaic Module: Case Studies in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia and Perth, Western Australia. The presence of dust on a PV module’s surface decreases its power output that leads to the economic losses. The degradation is not uniform for every region of the world. It is largely driven by the density and the morphology of dust. This research aims to answer: how much do the environmental factors, exposure time and tilt angle affect the accumulation of dust on PV module surface deployed in East Nusa Tenggara and Perth which exhibit different climatic conditions; what is the impact of shape, surface texture and size distribution of dust from both areas on its optical properties; how much do cost production losses caused by dust and its effect on maintenance procedure of PV modules deployed in the two regions.

4.    Innovative Control Strategy for Renewable Energy Based Standalone Microgrid

It is a very daunting task to maintain the stable and reliable voltage and frequency in an SMG where most of the sources are variable in nature and interfaced through power electronic converters. The primary literature survey has explored different attempts to control a MG to provide a reliable and stable output. Hierarchical control strategies are often used to maintain the rated voltage and frequency in the system. Even though lots of research has been carried out in this field, none of the methods can provide an integrated solution to compensate the voltage quality problems (unbalance/harmonic) and real/reactive power sharing at the same time. Voltage security in an MG is studied by means of power flow analysis in a droop controlled system. Newton’s method has been used in most of the cases. However, the performance of the other load flow algorithms can be tested with modified droop parameters. The droop methods for real and reactive power sharing and frequency and voltage control can be elaborately studied. Optimum selection of droop parameters based on the conditions of the grid can provide more stable voltage. On the other hand, the unpredictable nature of the renewable energy sources like solar PV and wind can be taken into consideration for determining the optimal values of the droop parameters to achieve stable and resilient microgrid. This research aims to develop an improved control mechanism to ensure the quality power with stable voltage and frequency from RES based SMG.

5.    Optimal functional design of energy efficient residential building based on actual occupant’s behaviour in social housing in Perth, Western Australia:

Buildings consume energy in three ways:

  • Building components (more importantly building envelope);
  • The activities of building users; and
  • Embodied energy in manufacturing materials and construction, maintaining and replacing components over the life of the building.

Increasing the general consensus on sustainability followed by rising energy prices has made householders to be more concerned about their energy consumption. When building is constructed, its operation, space utilization characteristic and behaviour of the users are the three main factors, which are closely linked to its energy consumption. Whilst most of the householders are unwilling or unable to undertake heavy renovations to improve the energy efficiency of their houses, behavioural changes and similar solutions are practical low cost alternatives. This research is aiming to evaluate the influence of occupant’s energy use behaviour on domestic energy consumption to further modify this behaviour towards more efficient behaviour. Dwellings managed by Foundation Housing, Perth were selected for the purpose of analysis.

6. 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. Furat Dawood, Tania Urmee and G.M. Shafiullah (2017), ‘ The renewable energy household lighting for Chibayish inhabitant’s in Iraq‘, Renew. Energy Environ. Sustain. 2, 15 (2017)
  2. Taskin Jamal, G.M. Shafiullah, Craig Carter and Tania Urmee (2017), ‘ A comprehensive techno-economic and power quality analysis of a remote PV-diesel system in Australia‘, Renew. Energy Environ. Sustain. 2, 24 (2017)
  3. Samuel P. Evans, Anup KC, David R. Bradney, Tania P. Urmee, Jonathan Whale and Philip D. Clausen (2017), ‘ The suitability of the IEC 61400-2 wind model for small wind turbines operating in the built environment‘, Renew. Energy Environ. Sustain. 2, 31 (2017)
  4. Tanesab, J.Parlevliet, D.Whale, J.Urmee, T.(2017), ‘ Seasonal effect of dust on the degradation of PV modules performance deployed in different climate areasRenewable Energy, 111, pp. 105-115  Impact factor: 4.82
  5. Jamal, T.Urmee, T.Calais, M.Shafiullah, G.M.Carter, C. (2017), ‘ Technical challenges of PV deployment into remote Australian electricity networks: A review‘,  Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 77, pp. 1309-1325  Impact factor: 9.12
  6. Bashirzadeh Tabrizi, A.Whale, J.Lyons, T.Urmee, T.Peinke, J. (2017), ‘Modelling the structural loading of a small wind turbine at a highly turbulent site via modifications to the Kaimal turbulence spectra‘, Renewable Energy
    105, pp. 288-300 Impact factor: 4.82
  7. Rezvani, S.Bahri, P.A.Urmee, T.Baverstock, G.F.Moore, A.D. (2017), ‘Techno-economic and reliability assessment of solar water heaters in Australia based on Monte Carlo analysis‘, Renewable Energy, 105, pp. 774-785 Impact factor: 4.82
  8. Jamal, T.Shoeb, M.A.Shafiullah, G.M.Carter, C.E.Urmee, T (*2016)., ‘A design consideration for solar PV-diesel remote electricity network: Australia perspective‘, IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference Europe, 7796491, pp. 821-826 
  9. Esmaeilimoakher, P.Urmee, T.Pryor, T.Baverstock, G.(2016), ‘ Identifying the determinants of residential electricity consumption for social housing in Perth, Western AustraliaEnergy and Buildings, 133, pp. 403-413
  10. 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: 4.82
  11. Hans HoltorfTania Urmee,  Martina Calais, and Trevor Pryor (2016), ‘Solar Home System’s success–the institutions’ views, IEEE explorer, 2016
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. * 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
  22. *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
  23. 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
  24. *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
  25. *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
  26. 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
  27. *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
  28. 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
  29. *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
  30. 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
  31. *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
  32. *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
  33. *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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. Nancy Wimmer and Tania P. Urmee( 1999), “Transforming Lives: Micro-credit promotes renewable energy in Bangladesh”, Renewable Energy World/July 99. NA
  41. 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
  42. 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.