INTI Innovators Shine at INNOFEST 2024 with Renewable Energy and Water Treatment Solutions

May 15, 2024

The International Innovation Festival 2024 (INNOFEST 2024) highlighted transformative advancements in renewable energy and water treatment, showcasing the dedication of researchers and innovators worldwide. Hosted virtually by Politeknik Sandakan Sabah from 29 to 30 April, this event served as a platform for collaboration and knowledge exchange across various fields.

Amidst the vibrant atmosphere of innovation, two members from the Faculty of Engineering and Quantity Surveying (FEQS) at INTI International University, Associate Professor Ts. Dr. Lee Hoong Pin and Associate Professor Dr. Low Wen Pei stood out for their exceptional contributions. They were honoured with prestigious awards, a testament to the significance of their inventions: the Electrified Catalyzed Biomass Concrete, which won a gold medal and secured second place overall and Transforming Water Quality with Chicken Eggshell Adsorption for River Contaminant Removal, which earned a silver medal.

Associate Professor Ts. Dr Lee Hoong Pin, from the Faculty of Engineering and Quantity Surveying (FEQS) at INTI International University, won gold at INNOFEST 2024 for the Electrified Catalyzed Biomass Concrete, which is set to revolutionise renewable energy.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lee Hoong Pin’s research is a response to the urgent need for sustainable energy sources in a world increasingly reliant on electricity for daily conveniences. With traditional fossil fuels facing depletion and environmental concerns, the quest for innovative solutions to power our future has never been more pressing. Dr Lee’s innovative approach involves integrating special chemicals into concrete to generate electricity when exposed to temperature changes. This revolutionary concept could eliminate the need for cumbersome solar panels and wind turbines. Supported by the Malaysian government’s Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) and INTI Seeding Grant, his work has received international acclaim for its effectiveness and scalability.

Despite challenges like low voltage output and insufficient compressive strength, Dr. Lee’s research has made significant strides. By incorporating activation boosters and using palm oil fuel ash (POFA) as a partial cement replacement, he has brought the vision of a sustainable energy landscape powered by Electrified Catalyzed Biomass Concrete closer to reality.

Associate Professor Dr Low Wen Pei, from the Faculty of Engineering and Quantity Surveying (FEQS) at INTI International University, was honoured with the silver medal at INNOFEST 2024 for her invention, which uses chicken eggshell to treat contaminated water.

In the battle against river contamination, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Low Wen Pei has developed a revolutionary solution using chicken eggshells to remove pollutants from water. “In harnessing the potential of chicken eggshells, we are unlocking a wealth of opportunities often overlooked in the food industry,” said Dr. Low. “Through extensive research and experimentation, we have demonstrated the remarkable ability of eggshells to absorb pollutants from water sources effectively. This work addresses the immediate need for efficient water treatment solutions and aligns with broader global initiatives such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

Dr. Low’s work extends beyond eggshells, exploring various natural waste materials for water pollutant removal. With numerous publications in esteemed journals and the Silver Award at INNOFEST 2024, Dr. Low’s dedication to addressing environmental challenges inspires future researchers.

Associate Professors Dr. Lee Hoong Pin and Dr. Low Wen Pei’s inventions represent significant milestones in renewable energy and water treatment. As these innovations gain global recognition, they pave the way for a more sustainable future for Malaysia and the world.