Best Presentation Award for Dr Kok Siew Ng
On September 26-29 2016, the National Laboratory Astana hosted a 3-days workshop entitled "Low-Carbon Energy Future: Efficient Management of Resources" at Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan. The workshop was funded under the British Councils Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership Programme that brought together early carrier researchers from the UK and Kazakhstan to share their knowledge and experience, exchange ideas and create potential future collaborations to promote sustainable energy system development in Kazakhstan. With the strong motivation of enhancing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Kazakhstan, 40 young researchers from both the UK and Kazakhstan were gathered at Nazarbayev University, Astana to discuss possible solutions to address these challenges faced by the country and globally. The programme consists of inspiring keynote lectures by a number of leading researchers as well as a series of oral presentations and poster exhibition from early career researchers. The presentations covered a wide range of topics: power plant, microgrids, energy system modelling, sustainable industrial systems design, process systems engineering, process intensification, sustainable housing design, biofuels and biorefining. Dr Kok Siew Ng won the Best Presenter Award amongst all presenters. In his presentation, he discussed how a systematic design and integration strategy could be adopted to create a more resilient and sustainable energy system. He also introduced the polygeneration concept which means simultaneous generation of two or more energy product in a single integrated process. He also stressed on the importance of inclusion of 3E assessment (energy, economy and environment) for measuring the feasibility of a prospective system. The workshop, later on broadcast on the national TV channel, has been considered to be an effective and ideal platform to appreciate a huge potential of renewable and low carbon energy in Kazakhstan. They are hopeful that the platform created can bring a considerable shift in their energy portfolio, which has been primarily dependent on fossil fuels.