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The 4th Meeting of SATREPS-OTEC Programme for MoHE with 5 Outputs (Online)

SATREPS-OTEC Project Management Team and Secretariat has successfully organised the 4th Meeting of SATREPS-OTEC Programme for MoHE with 5 Outputs via online platform of Cisco Webex Meetings from 24 to 26 August 2021.The Objectives of this semi-annual meeting are:1. To...

Special Launch of The Blue Economics of Ocean Thermal Energy Forum Series 2021 in conjunction of World Ocean Day 2021

Come join us in this PUBLIC online forum on the: Date : 8th JUNE 2021Time : 10.00AM(MYT) – 1.00PM (MYT)Links:1)

Takziah kepada Balu & semua Ahli Keluarga Allahyarham Prof M Dr Mas Bambang Baroto

Assalamualaikum wrb,Kami, dari UTM Ocean Thermal Energy Centre ( mengucapkan Takziah kepada Balu & semua Ahli Keluarga Allahyarham Prof M Dr Mas Bambang Baroto. Semoga roh beliau dicucuri dengan segala RahmatNya, dan diletakkan diantara...

Calling for PhD Candidate

25 August 2020: First SATREPS-OTEC Project Monitoring and Presentation to MoHE at Putrajaya

12 August 2020: Hybrid Meeting and Site Visit to I-AQUAS UPM, Teluk Kemang

6 August 2020: Joint Collaboration Committee 2nd Meeting via Cisco Webex Meetings

Some highlights and photos from SATREPS-OTEC Project: The Joint Collaborating Committee 2nd Meeting held via Cisco Webex Meetings. UTM OTEC Facebook Post Write-up from IFE representative on the program: Institute of Future Energy Facebook Post...

20-22 July 2020: The 2nd SATREPS-OTEC Programme Meeting

Program Itinerary Highlights from the Program: UTM OTEC Facebook Post

14 July 2020: Mr. Mohd Syafiq Abdul Aziz offered admission for Ph.D at Saga University

On 14 July 2020, SATREPS-OTEC Team  would like to congratulate the candidate for JICA long term training participant, Mr. Mohd Syafiq bin Abdul Aziz whom has been offered admission to the Doctor Course of 2020 Education Program for Global Advancement in Environment,...

18 June 2020 : Meeting and Visit by Ir. Hazizi bin Bujal, CEO/Executive Director of JNA Ikhtisas Sdn. Bhd.

From Left: Mr. Azrin Ariffin, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Khairi Abu Husain, Ir. Hazizi Bujal and Dr. Mohd Zaki Zainal Abidin As part of ongoing process to construct the UPM-UTM OTEC Centre at I-AQUAS, Port Dickson, the team has appointed JNA Ikhtisas Sdn Bhd as consultant...


What is SATREPS?
  • SATREPS stands for:

Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development


  • SATREPS is an international joint research between Japanese government (JST and JICA) and research institutions in developing countries (for this project, the country is Malaysia) to acquire new knowledge and technology that lead to the resolution of global issues and creating innovations.
What is OTEC?
  • OTEC stands for:

Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion


  • The legal definition of OTEC according to US Public Law 96-320 – Aug. 3, 1980, “OTEC is a method of converting part of the heat from the Sun which is stored in the layers of body of water into electrical energy or product equivalent
What is the relation between SATREPS and OTEC?

Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) focus on issues that cannot be resolved by a single country or region. This research covers four research fields which are as follows:

Each of the research field is focusing on achieving different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDGs are the collection of goals for the international community to work together in order to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030. Currently, there are 17 goals of SDGs. The diagram shows how each research field contributing to SDGs:-

*SATREPS projects in the field of the Infectious Diseases Control have been transferred to AMED – the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development. (The transfer took place on April 1, 2015.)

OTEC is categorized under Environment and Energy research field as it is a clean energy.  NCSEA defines clean energy as energy derived from renewable, zero-emissions sources (“renewables”), as well as energy saved through energy efficiency (“EE”) measures (Retrieved from: OTEC plants provide sustainable, renewable energy using nothing more than the heat found in ocean waters of the tropics. There are no fossil fuels or emissions, and because of the design of the plants, it’s also possible to create potable water during the process. (Retrieved from:

The diagram shows how OTEC contributes to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):-

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Why Malaysia?
  1. Malaysia is close to the equator with high temperature difference of surface seawater throughout the year. The water intake of deep sea water is also possible and this is suitable for OTEC installation.
  2. UTM is the only university in the world other than Saga University, which owns OTEC research centre, including MoU signed on the joint research and development of OTEC with Saga University and Xenesys Inc. The outcome of this study proved a high potential of OTEC in our region.
  3. In Malaysia, electricity and water are in a great demand. Thus, the combination of seawater desalination and Hybrid OTEC technology will meet the domestic need.
What are the benefits of this project?
  1. To generates electric power through desalination.
  2. The electricity produced by OTEC has a fixed cost.
  3. It can produce up to 2 million litres per day of drinkable water.
  4. It is not susceptible to the volatility of costs that affects other energy sources (coal, natural gas and petroleum).
  5. Has less environmental impact.
  6. Promotes larger and various commercial experiments to be carried out in the future.

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