Solar Energy Research Institute

Institut Penyelidikan Tenaga Suria | Solar Energy Research Institute


The Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) is a renowned research institution dedicated to advancing the development and utilization of solar energy in Malaysia and beyond. With a strong commitment to promoting sustainable energy solutions, SERI plays a vital role in driving the country’s transition towards clean and renewable energy sources. Recognized for its cutting-edge research, innovative technologies, and multidisciplinary approach, SERI brings together experts from diverse fields such as engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science, and environmental science. SERI’s research primarily focuses on enhancing the efficiency, reliability, and affordability of solar energy systems.

Researchers at SERI delve into various aspects of solar energy, spanning advanced photovoltaic (PV) technologies, solar thermal systems, energy storage solutions, and grid integration strategies. SERI conducts both fundamental research to enhance the understanding of solar energy materials, devices, and systems, as well as applied research to develop practical solutions for real-world applications. Equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories and research facilities, SERI empowers scientists and engineers to conduct experiments, analyse data, and test innovative solar energy technologies. The institute also actively collaborates with industry partners, government agencies, and international research institutions to foster knowledge exchange, facilitate technology transfer, and engage in collaborative research projects. As a leading research institute in solar energy, SERI plays a crucial role in driving sustainable development and promoting the adoption of clean energy solutions. 

Its significant research contributions and technological advancements position SERI as a prominent hub for solar energy research and innovation in the region. Along with its research and innovation, SERI also support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education through the offered postgraduate programmes for local and abroad students that are accredited by the recognised body.

History of Institute Establishment

Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) was established on 1st July 2005. It was formed to address the immediate issue of fossil fuels consumption that causing environmental pollution and global warming. Fossil fuels are limited in supply. Moreover, rapid depletion of these non-renewable resources has resulted in the increase of fossil fuel prices.

Therefore, there is a need for alternative energy sources which are long lasting, sustainable and environmental friendly to satisfy the desire of mankind for better quality of life. Renewable energy such as solar has the potential to replace fossil fuel. To support this effort, SERI undertakes research and development to develop renewable energy technology and expertise in this challenging and exciting field.

Philosophy / Rational of Establishment

SERI created as a forum for research in the field of renewable energy by providing high knowledge in theory and application. This is in line with our objective to develop scientific capacity and efficiency to produce skilled human capital to meet the demands of professional manpower needed in the public and private sectors.