Power Generation

Power Plant | Materials Testing & Engineering Group

Power Plant

Power Plant Optimization

Hydroelectric Reservoir Operation Planning
Through our comprehensive research in this area, we are able to maximize natural inflow to be used and minimizing overflow due to floods.
This research covers the aspects of:
• Optimization of water resource utilization
• Optimization of lake level management


Generation Scheduling
To utilise the limited water resources, we conduct studies on generation scheduling which incorporate the focus areas of:
• Optimization of water resource allocation over future time steps
• Optimization of number of units to be used for the given amount of water to be used
• Real-time hydro plant optimisation


Coordinated Operation Optimization for Multi-reservoirs System
We conduct focused research in this area to optimally meet the desired grid load requirement.
This research covers the aspects of:
• Merit order operation based on water value and efficiency
• Inter station economic load dispatch


Turbine Efficiency Measurement
Output from this comprehensive research is to produce cost effective solutions to measure turbine efficiency performance.


New Generation Turbine Development
Backed with vast experience and strong research in this area, we produce innovative invention to maximise the efficiency of the turbines.


Fuel & Combustion

Analytical & Pilot Testing Facilities For solid, liquid & gaseous Fuels

We conduct comprehensive testing and analysis of key fuel parameters towards common industrial standards, both for research and development purposes. We are backed up with extensive laboratory equipment such as spectrometers that covers UV, VIS & NIR wavelengths to obtain optical emission spectra from flames. We ensure that each equipment within this lab are regularly calibrated to meet international standards.

Pre-Treatment Piloting

We conduct pre-treatment of fuels to improve the combustion efficiency. We have vast experience in processing  a variety of conventional and alternative fuel types. Our expertise are also capable in designing new pre-treatment techniques to meet new demands and requirements in the industries.

In line Data Acquisition

The ability to monitor and act on measurements in power plants or processes are important to ensure  the effectiveness and efficiency are optimized. Setting the superior quality in such research, our unit is continuously developing techniques to “close the loop” and provide impactful solutions to the industry. Our proven R&D record is the auto-milling system where the milling process in coal power plants can now be fully automated. The development will enter its piloting phase and would be ready for commercialization soon. R&D of a similar nature is ongoing and expected to offer similar capabilities for other combustion parameters in the future.

Laser Diagnostics Measurement

Laser diagnostics have helped engineers and scientists to understand combustion and fluid dynamics phenomena in greater detail. The ability to visualise flame/ flow structures and measure important quantities (e.g. velocity, temperature, species or mineral concentrations) without the need of the probe to be in flow field make it a preferred measurement technique over other physical probe. Our researcher and resources are competent in conducting such research and have vast experiences in using laser-based techniques to monitor and measure combustion properties such as velocity, temperature and species concentrations to generate valuable datasets for newly-designed combustion processes improvement/ assessment or model validations.

Plant/ Component Level Research

Modelling both steady state and dynamics of process can be helpful in design, operation and trouble-shooting/auditing the efficiencies of processes. Through our expertise and tools in process simulation, we also offer consultancy on dynamic modelling of HRSG, retrofit inlet air cooling of gas turbines and air conditioning/chiller optimization applications. The commercial tools such as IPSEPro and Gatecycle are often supplemented by coding capabilities in MATLAB and C++ to offer key features such as dynamic simulation through various model predictive control algorithms. Our unit also has FactSage 7.2, a thermodynamic equilibrium modeling software that is available for rent by interested research institutions for their simulations.

Another component level research & development focuses on non-thermal plasma, which is being trialed for fuel treatment, combustion, and flue gas treatment. Three patents are in the filing process, which include surface treatment of by non-thermal plasma; pollutant laden gas reduction; and a flexible non-thermal plasma holder.


Materials Testing & Engineering Group

Material Database Development

  • Condition Based Monitoring (CBM)
  • Risk Based Inspection (RBI)
  • Root Cause Analysis (RCA)
  • Remaining Life Assessment (RLA)

Exploration of New Inspection Techniques

  • Robotic Boroscope Inspection
  • Self-Magnetic Leakage Field Testing – Screening process for flow detection, without having to remove cladding, insulation and surface preparation is also exempted.

Development of Material Diagnostic & Early Detection System

  • High Temperature Creep Life Assessment & Creep Crack Growth Analysis
  • Acoustic Emission Measurement System
  • Boiler Tubes Monitoring System With Diagnosis Software

Damage Control, Defect Analysis, Repair & Refurbishment Procedure

  • High Temperature Creep Life Assessment & Creep Crack Growth Analysis
  • Fatigue Life Assessment And Fatigue Crack Growth Analysis
  • Simulation Test For High Temperature Steam Oxidation
  • Simulation Test For Stress Corrosion Cracking