LKC FES receives NFIS grant from the British Council

UTAR Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES) Centre for Power Systems and Electricity Chairperson Ir Prof Dr Lim Yun Seng was granted The Newton Fund Impact Scheme (NFIS) for his research project titled “Development of IoT controlled virtual energy storage for maximum demand reductions under intermittency of photovoltaic systems”. The NFIS was granted by the British Council.

A total of £137,000 was awarded for the entire research project with the grant duration of a minimum of 12 months to a maximum of 18 months. The co-researchers of the research project were UTAR LKC FES lecturer Ir Dr Wong Jianhui and Faculty of Business and Finance lecturer Prof Dr Eng Yoke Kee. They were led by Prof Lim.

The research is titled “Development of IoT controlled virtual energy storage for maximum demand reductions under intermittency of photovoltaic systems”

Delivered by the British Council in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) on behalf of all Newton Fund delivery partners, the NFIS provides funding for current and previously funded Newton Fund grantees to maximise the impact of Newton Fund activities. It is designed to be flexible and responsive to in-country needs and intended to empower applicants to bring in relevant private and third sector partners, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), technology transfer offices, and other not-for-profit organisations.

The Newton Fund builds research and innovation partnerships with 17 partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long term sustainable growth. It has a total UK Government investment of £735million up until 2021, with matching resources from partner countries. The Newton Fund is managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and delivered through seven UK delivery partners, which includes UK Research and Innovation, the UK Academies, the British Council and the Met Office. For further information visit the Newton Fund website ( and follow via Twitter: @NewtonFund. Tackling global challenges, accessing affordable health care, food and energy security, and meeting the social and economic needs of a growing population require an integrated research and innovative approach, bringing together communities from different disciplines, sectors and countries in high-quality collaborations.

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