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  • Faculty Knowledge Exchange Awards 2022

    Faculty Knowledge Exchange Awards 2022

    The annual Faculty Knowledge Exchange (KE) Awards recognise each Faculty’s outstanding KE accomplishment that has made demonstrable economic, social or cultural impacts to benefit the community, business/industry, or partner organisations. Results of the 2022 Faculty KE Awards are now available.

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  • KE Excellence Award and HKU Innovator Award 2021

    KE Excellence Award and HKU Innovator Award 2021

    The university-level KE Excellence Award was introduced in 2015-16 to recognise the significant impact that our academic staff had made to benefit society. The KE Excellence Award 2021 was awarded to Dr Duangporn Duangthip and team members – Professor Chun Hung ChuProfessor Edward Chin Man Lo, and Professor Cynthia Kar Yung Yiu of the Faculty of Dentistry.

    The HKU Innovator Award was introduced in 2020-21 to recognise outstanding Faculty members whose innovations demonstrate exceptionally high potential impact (legacy or projected legacy) with transformative results to foster development. The HKU Innovator Award 2021 was awarded to Professor Tong Zhang of the Faculty of Engineering.

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  • Faculty Knowledge Exchange Awards 2021

    Faculty Knowledge Exchange Awards 2021

    The annual Faculty Knowledge Exchange (KE) Awards recognise each Faculty’s outstanding KE accomplishment that has made demonstrable economic, social or cultural impacts to benefit the community, business/industry, or partner organisations.  Results of the 2021 Faculty KE Awards are now available. 

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  • HKU Engineering develops energy-efficient building technologies to reduce solar heat gain and energy consumption

    HKU Engineering develops energy-efficient building technologies to reduce solar heat gain and energy consumption

    Among the various energy-efficient building technologies that have been developed under the leadership of Professor Christopher Chao (Dean of Engineering and Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering at HKU), passive radiative cooler and smart window are the two innovative and promising technologies, which are ripe for industries. Passive radiative cooler is a wall panel for building façade to provide cooling effect for indoor environments by radiative cooling without additional energy input. Thermochromic smart window blocks solar radiation at high temperature or allow it in during cold weather by regulating its properties to maintain indoor thermal comfort. Installation of these two technologies reduces solar heat gain and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system for energy consumption in building. More importantly, they require no electricity and are eco-friendly.

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  • KE Excellence Award, HKU Innovator Award and HKU Young Innovator Award

    KE Excellence Award, HKU Innovator Award and HKU Young Innovator Award

    The university-level KE Excellence Award was introduced in 2015-16 to recognise the significant impact that our academic staff had made to benefit society.  The KE Excellence Award 2020 was awarded to Dr Caroline Dingle, Dr David Baker, Dr Timothy Bonebrake, and Professor David Dudgeon of the Faculty of Science.

    The new HKU Innovator Award and the HKU Young Innovator Award have been established to recognise outstanding Faculty members whose innovations demonstrate exceptionally high potential impact (legacy or projected legacy) with transformative results to foster development. The new HKU Innovator Award and the HKU Young Innovator Award were awarded to Professor Chuyang Tang and Dr Ka Wai Kwok of the  Faculty of Engineering respectively.

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  • HKU Engineering explores an innovative approach of using AI to reduce energy consumption in chiller plant optimization

    HKU Engineering explores an innovative approach of using AI to reduce energy consumption in chiller plant optimization

    The project led by Professor Christopher Chao, Dean of Engineering and Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Hong Kong (HKU), explored an innovative approach to optimize the performance of chiller plant in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system for energy consumption reduction. According to the Hong Kong Energy End-use Data 2020 report published by Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD), space conditioning accounted for the largest percentage of 18% and 32% in total energy consumption and electricity consumption by end-use, respectively, in 2018. The energy usage related to HVAC system raised rapidly by approximately 15% by 2018 from 2008. To improve the performance of chiller plants, a predictive operational control strategy was developed for chiller plants by employing artificial intelligence technology and big data analysis without any additional equipment installation. Artificial neural network (ANN) was employed to predict the future trend, while particle swarm optimization (PSO) was applied to search for the optimized setpoints for the chiller plants. The implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) in chiller plant can enhance overall energy efficiency, reduce energy usage and improve maintenance practice of the HVAC system, as well as mitigating carbon emission by HVAC system.

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  • Faculty Knowledge Exchange Awards 2020

    Faculty Knowledge Exchange Awards 2020

    The annual Faculty Knowledge Exchange (KE) Awards recognise each Faculty’s outstanding KE accomplishment that has made demonstrable economic, social or cultural impacts to benefit the community, business/industry, or partner organisations. Results of the 2020 Faculty KE Awards are now available.

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