Emeritus Prof. Dato’ Dr. Halimah Badioze Zaman FASc

  • Director of National Energy Centre (NEC), Universiti Tenaga National (UNITEN).
  • Holder of Tan Sri Leo Moggie Distinguished Chair in Energy Informatics.

Emeritus Professor Dato’ Dr. Halimah Badioze Zaman is currently Holder of the Tan Sri Leo Moggie Distinguished Chair in Energy Informatics at the Institute of Informatics and Computing in Energy Informatics (IICE), Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) and Director of the National Energy Centre (NEC). Prior to this she has served in various capacities and roles at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) for 39 years, which includes being one of the Founders of the Faculty of Information Science and Technology (FTSM), founder of the ICT Niche at UKM and was the Founding Director of the first Centre of Excellence in Computer Science at UKM called Institute of Visual Informatics (IVI). She was nominated and elected as fellow of Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) in 2009.

Over the years Emeritus Professor Dato’ Dr. Halimah has gained tremendous recognition in the field of Computer Science and Information and Communications Technology by not just amongst the academia but also government & industry, and has played a key role in various collaborations with the government and industry leaders, nationally and globally. It is through these collaborations that she was able to receive multiple accolades for inventions and innovations at both the national and International levels. She has been honoured with the title of Emeritus Professor by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) for her continuous contributions to research and intellectual knowledge that has benefitted government, industry and society both nationally and globally. Recently, as one of the pioneer women in tech, she was honoured by AirAsia Academy as one of ASEAN’S most inspired icons together with many renowned statesman and experts in various fields.

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Energy Transition and the Promising Outlook of Fuel Cell, Hydrogen and AI Technology

The world is in at a crucial crossroad, facing challenges such as climate change, environmental degradation, and the pressing need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To mitigate these issues, there has to be a shift away from the heavy reliance on fossil fuels and embrace cleaner, renewable energy sources. This is where fuel cells, hydrogen technology underpinned by the digital landscape (AI), shows a promising outlook. Fuel Cells are a revolutionary technology that produce no harmful emissions, making them attractive and eco-friendly alternative for various applications. Hydrogen on the other hand, often known as “fuel of the future” holds tremendous potential as an energy carrier. It can be produced from diverse sources, and this versatility allows for the integration of Hydrogen into various sectors such as transportation, industry, and power generation. One of the most compelling advantages of hydrogen is its capacity for large-scale energy storage. As nations transition to a more renewable based system, storing access energy becomes crucial to ensuring grid stability. Hydrogen can offer a viable solution to store and deliver clean energy when and where is needed most. Fuel cell too has promising future in the mobility and transportation sector and is beginning to emerge as a game-changer. These technologies combined with advance AI, can result in innovative solutions to improve efficiency, optimise performance and enhance overall sustainability and in the end reducing the carbon footprint significantly. For Energy Transition with the promising fuel cell, Hydrogen and AI outlook to be successful, several challenges need to be addressed in terms of research and innovation, strengthen by strong policies, to make it economically viable. Malaysia for instance, have initiated various initiatives to accelerate Energy Transition generally and renewable energy such as Fuel cell and hydrogen and digitalisation (AI) specifically, through infrastructure and policy initiatives:  such as the establishment of the National Energy Centre (NEC), National AI Framework and Roadmap, the Green Technology Master Plan, National Energy Policy (NEP), Malaysia Hydrogen Roadmap, and the latest National Energy Transition Roadmap (NETR). As we embark into this transformative journey towards a greener future, it is a reminder to nations that Energy Transition is not just a choice but a necessity and embracing fuel cell and Hydrogen technology generally and integrating them with AI technology can pave the way for a more innovative, sustainable, resilient and environmentally responsible world.