Associate Professor Lu Aye

Research Interests

  • Advanced energy systems
  • Biomass gasification
  • Drying and dehumidifying
  • Energy system simulation and optimisation
  • Green buildings and sustainable renewable energy technologies
  • Heat pumps
  • Life cycle analysis of energy systems
  • Natural working fluids
  • Thermal storage

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Lu Aye is an Associate Professor in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne.

A/Prof. Aye obtained his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the Rangoon Institute of Technology and Graduate Certificate in Computing, at the Rangoon Institute of Computer Science. He received his Masters of Engineering Science (Mechanical), PhD (Advanced Energy Systems) and Graduate Certificate in University Teaching at the University of Melbourne. 

Research interests
- Renewable energy
- Energy efficiency technologies
- Biomass gasification
- Green buildings
- Energy system simulation and optimisation
- Thermal storage
- Advanced energy systems
- Heat pumps
- Life cycle analysis of energy systems

A/Prof. Aye has an international collaboration in Exchange programs, Research, Technical Assistance/ Training with the Chiang Mai Univeristy, Thailand. 

A/Prof. Aye (Member of the IIR Commission E2), was the Chairperson for HVAC Best Practice Conference 2008, held on September 18 – 19, 2008 in Melbourne.
The main aim of this Conference was to provide a forum for the dissemination and discussion of topics relevant to new knowledge in the following fields:
• Solar air conditioning and heating of buildings
• Comfort and indoor environment quality in energy efficient buildings
• Energy efficient building integration 

He is also a member of the University of Melbourne Energy Institute Energy Efficiency and Smart Grids research groups.

Recent Publications

  1. Moallemi E, Aye L, Webb J, De Haan F, George B. India's on-grid solar power development: Historical transitions, present status and future driving forces. RENEWABLE & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY REVIEWS. Pergamon. 2017, Vol. 69.
  2. Wu D, Aye L, Ngo T, Mendis P. Optimisation and financial analysis of an organic Rankine cycle cooling system driven by facade integrated solar collectors. APPLIED ENERGY. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 185.
  3. Simangunsong BCH, Sitanggang VJ, Manurung EGT, Rahmadi A, Moore G, Aye L, Tambunan AH. Potential forest biomass resource as feedstock for bioenergy and its economic value in Indonesia. Forest Policy and Economics. Elsevier BV. 2017.
  4. Moallemi E, De Haan F, Webb JM, George B, Aye L. Transition dynamics in state-influenced niche empowerments: Experiences from India's electricity sector. TECHNOLOGICAL FORECASTING AND SOCIAL CHANGE. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 116.
  5. Arora M, Ngo T, Aye L, Malano H, Lade O. An Integrated Simulation and Visualisation Platform for the Design of Sustainable Urban Developments in a Peri-Urban Context. Balanced Urban Development: Options and Strategies for Liveable Cities. Springer International Publishing. 2016. Editors: Maheshwari B, Singh VP, Thoradeniya B.
  6. Samarasinghe T, Mendis P, Aye L, Vassos T. Applications of design for excellence in prefabricated building services systems. 7th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE). 2016.
  7. Hes D, Jensen C, Aye L. Cool Roof Retrofits as an Alternative to Green Roofs. Green Roof Retrofit: Building Urban Resilience. 2016. Editors: Wilkinson S, Dixon T.
  8. Pianella A, Aye L, Chen Z, Williams N. Effects of design and operating parameters on green roof thermal performance in Melbourne. 5th International Conference on Zero Energy Mass Customised Housing (ZEMCH). 2016.
  9. Jayalath A, Aye L, Mendis P, Ngo T. Effects of phase change material roof layers on thermal performance of a residential building in Melbourne and Sydney. ENERGY AND BUILDINGS. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 121.
  10. Naji S, Samarasinghe T, Aye L. Effects of shading design options on thermal and daylighting performance of a modular house in Melbourne. 7th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE). 2016.
  11. Nguyen T, Ngo T, Mendis P, Zobec M, Aye L. Fire performance of prefabricated modular units using organoclay/glass fibre reinforced polymer composite. CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS. Elsevier BV. 2016, Vol. 129.
  12. Pianella A, Bush J, Chen Z, Williams N, Aye L. Green roofs in Australia: review of thermal performance and associated policy development. 50th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2016. The Architectural Science Association. 2016. Editors: Zuo J, Daniels L, Soebarto V.
  13. Yokota A, Aye L. Identifying wider economic benefits of prefabricated houses in Australia. 7th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE). 2016.
  14. Reisi M, Aye L, Rajabifard A, Ngo T. Land-use planning: Implications for transport sustainability. LAND USE POLICY. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 50.
  15. Sofi M, Zhou ZY, Lumantarna E, Mendis P, Aye L. Maintenance of building structural systems. 7th International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment (ICSBE). 2016.

Lu Aye

Level: 03 Room: C313
Engineering Block C, Parkville
University of Melbourne
3010 Australia

T: +61 3 8344 6879
F: +61 3 8344 6215

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