• Course Modules

    43 in total (16 hours including videos)

  • Course Videos

    16 in total (12 hours worth of content)

  • Enrollment Fee

    RM1200 / EUR250 +/-

Course Summary:

Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist (TERT) is a professional training to develop more global experts in thermal energy recovery system based on Pinch Technology.  Participants from this course are awarded competency certification based on the level of completion.  Be among the pioneers and expert in thermal energy for processes, differentiating yourself from other energy auditors which focusses only on utility system audit.  Pinch Technology is known to save energy between 15 to 90%, in comparison to utility audit which only saves up to 30%.  The technology also commonly provides an attractive payback period of fewer than three years, as compared to the renewable energy system.  

Process integration using pinch analysis provides facility and site planners, plant designers, and process engineers with practical knowledge, skills, and step-wise method for the integrated optimal planning, design, and retrofit of processes, facilities, and manufacturing sites to promote industrial symbiosis and achieve triple-bottom-line benefits of minimised utilities (e.g. thermal energy), minimised costs (operating, maintenance and investment costs) and minimised wastes (CO2, gaseous emissions).

For TERT Level 1 competency, participants will be equipped with the basics of heat recovery, analysing thermal energy losses from the processes, energy-saving potentials, and the tools to target and design the maximum energy recovery system based on Pinch Technology. Participants will be trained by using excel tools for calculations and is also introduced to Optimal Heat software. Participants need to submit the completed excel calculation as proof they have mastered the competency. 

Course Objectives

  1. Understand the benefits and application of heat integration.
  2. Understand the basic concept on heat integration and Pinch Analysis.
  3. Target maximum energy recovery by using Composite Curves and Problem Table Algorithm.
  4. Extract correct stream data for heat integration analysis.
  5. Design heat exchanger network that achieves the maximum energy recovery target.
  6. Design heat exchanger network that achieves the maximum energy recovery target with stream splitting.
  7. Determine the minimum number of units.
  8. Design heat exchanger network that achieves the minimum number of units.
  9. Make the correct placement for multiple utilities.
  10. Familiarise with Optimal Heat software for heat integration. 

Reasons to Join:

If you are an energy manager, energy auditor, or energy service company.

  1. Equip yourself as a TERT to manage thermal energy. The anticipated enactment of the Malaysia Energy Efficiency & Conservation Act (EECA) shall unlock opportunities for energy managers with the competency to audit, manage, and optimize thermal energy systems apart from electrical energy.
  2. Gain competency to perform practical retrofit of existing facilities. Learn from certified experts and practitioners on how to perform optimal thermal energy recovery analysis to retrofit existing facilities practically, and gain the support of top management to achieve triple bottom-line benefits.
  3. Offer value-added energy audit services for the ASEAN community. If you are an energy auditor, you will be able to offer value-added energy audit services to your customer by incorporating thermal energy recovery of the process. You can also offer energy audit services under the newly announced Energy Audit Conditional Grant (EACG) which supports energy auditing of both electrical and thermal energy. Widespread and holistic implementation of Energy Management System cover­ing thermal and electrical energy in the region is expected to significantly increase the demand for thermal energy analysis experts in Malaysia and across ASEAN.

If thermal energy is the leading energy cost in your manufacturing site.

  1. Huge potential reduction in energy bills from thermal heat recovery. Over 7000 successful process integration applications worldwide, including our project experiences have resulted in thermal energy savings of between 10 to 50%, and a payback period of less than 3 years. Our recent petroleum refinery retrofit project for example amassed an annual savings of USD 12 Million.
  2. “We already have heat recovery systems in place. How could we benefit more?’’ Our experience shows that plant renovation, plant expansion, the addition of new product lines, consideration of total site, and area-wide integration could lead to ample energy cost-saving potentials.

Training Flow

There are four levels of the Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist (TERT) Certification program. TERT Level 1 is a workshop session aimed at providing participants with the ‘Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist “User Level” recognition upon successful completion of the module.  

Next, TERT Level 2 is aimed at upskilling participants on the advanced Process Integration based on Pinch Analysis techniques to maximise energy savings. Level 2 modules include integration of combined heat and power systems, implementing process changes, manufacturing site-wide analysis and retrofit of existing heat exchanger networks. Passing this module will qualify participants for the ‘Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist – Level 2: Advanced’ expertise.

Participants who completed the Advanced TERT module will have the chance to be a Certified TERT Expert by completing TERT Level 3.  Participants shall need to complete a set of assignment and pass a qualifying exam for the ‘Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist – Level 3: Expert’ certification.

Finally, participants will have the chance to promote themselves to the level of an industrial practitioner by completing a real-life industrial process integration project.  Upon successful completion of the project, participants are required to submit the project report to be verified by the company manager. Participants will finally undergo a competency-based interview to communicate their experiences as a proof the acquired competency.  Successful completion of this level will earn them ‘Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist – TERT Level 4: Industrial Practitioner’ Certification.

For more info on each course level, kindly click on the respective link below.

  1. Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist – Level 1: User
  2. Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist – Level 2: Advanced
  3. Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist – Level 3: Expert
  4. Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist – Level 4: Industrial Practitioner

Real Savings from Past Project

The industrial sector accounts for about one-third of the global energy consumption, with up to 50% of energy ultimately lost in the form of waste heat in hot exhaust gases, in cooling water, and on heated surfaces and products [US Department of Energy]. Recovery of thermal energy from waste heat presents the biggest cost-saving opportunity for energy efficiency improvement in the industrial sector.

  • USD 12.8 million/year on energy savings by Retrofit of Heat Recovery System (Refinery)

  • USD 4.1 million/year on energy savings by Total Site Heat Integration Retrofit Study (Middle Distillate)

  • USD 0.75 million/year on energy and water recovery savings (Oleochemical)

Additional Benefits

  • HRDF claimable

    SBL/SLB scheme applicable for this course. Check with your HR department for more info.

  • CDP claimable

    Subjected to approval from ST. Kindly check with us on how many points claimable for this course.


Zainuddin Abdul Manan

Prof Ir Ts Dr

Prof Ir Ts Dr Zainuddin Abdul Manan is a professor of chemical engineering, the founding director of UTM Process Systems Engineering Centre (PROSPECT), founding Dean of the UTM Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering, founder of UTM Sustainable Energy Management Program, and the founder of OPTIMISE Sdn Bhd, a UTM spin-off company. Zain is currently the chair of the EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act) Thermal Energy drafting committee under the Malaysian Ministry of Energy. He founded and spearheaded the UTM Sustainable Energy Management initiative that led UTM to achieve more than USD 6 million energy savings between 2011 and 2019, and to win the ASEAN Energy Award in 2012.

Sharifah Rafidah Wan Alwi

Prof Ir Dr

Dr Sharifah is an expert in various Pinch Analysis techniques for the recovery of heat, water, mass, CO2, waste gases and hybrid power system. She is an expert Pinch consultant for various industries and is among the leading researchers in Pinch Analysis technique development. Her work has been filed for patents and featured in leading national and international chemical and engineering journals, magazines and conferences. She is a certified ASEAN Energy Management Scheme (AEMAS) Energy Manager trainer and a Registered Electrical Energy Manager under Malaysia Energy Commission. She is currently the energy advisor for UTM Energy Management System.

Lim Jeng Shiun

Ir Dr

Ir Dr Lim Jeng Shiun core expertise is in the area of innovative development and application of process systems engineering techniques for resource conservation, and for energy and carbon planning. He is a professionally Certified Energy Manager, Certified Energy Auditor, Accredited Energy Measurement & Verification Professional and a Registered Electrical Energy Manager certified by Energy Commission of Malaysia. As an engineer in practice, he has applied the output of his research work in consultancy projects for the industrial community. He has assisted those companies identify energy saving opportunities worth millions of dollar through the use of process integration and process systems engineering approach.

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome to the Course!

    2. Trainers Biography

    1. Let us know you better!

    2. Ice Breaking - Introduce yourself to the others in this course!

    1. Course Learning Outcomes

    2. Part 1 (Video): Introduction

    3. Part 1 (Slide): Introduction

    1. Part 2 (Video): The Basic Concept

    2. Part 2 (Slides): Process Integration Using Pinch Analysis - The Basic Concept

    3. Test Yourself! Basic of Heat Integration

    1. Part 3a (Video): The Composite Curves

    2. Part 3a (Slides): The Composite Curves

    3. Test Yourself! Setting Maximum Energy Recovery Target using Composite Curves

    4. Part 3b (Video): The Problem Table Algorithm

    5. Part 3b (Slides): The Problem Table Algorithm

    6. Test yourself! Problem Table Algorithm

    1. Part 4 (Video): Stream Data Extraction (1/2)

    2. Exercise SDE: Stream Data Extraction

    3. Part 4 (Video): Stream Data Extraction (2/2)

    4. Part 4 (slides): Stream Data Extraction

About this course

  • RM1,200.00
  • 58 lessons
  • 15 hours of video content

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