Associate Professor Chua Kian Jon Ernest was conferred the WSSET (World Society for Sustainable Energy Technology) Innovation Awards under the theme on Energy Efficiency. The WSSET Innovation Awards recognise the achievements of private individuals and organisations in new sustainable technologies, as well as encourage the wider application of these new developments.
Associate Professor Chua received the Award at the 15th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET 2016) held in Singapore (19 to 22 July 2016). His research, carried out in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, relates to the development of a hybrid membrane composite‐desiccant air dehumidification system that has been successfully applied to the treatment of latent load due to humid air.
This HVAC (Heating Ventilation Air‐ Conditioning) technology can be further extended to confined spaces and mobile applications, where the removal of moisture from air is essential and critical for good indoor air quality, human comfort, and sustainable operation of delicate equipment, such as field hospitals, armoured personnel carriers, and operation decks of navy ships, aircrafts, among others. The research has recently led to three patent filings, and more than ten publications in peer‐reviewed journals.