TFII’s Operational Activities and Outcomes:
1. Academic Services:
TFII provides support service for students at all levels, allowing students to use laboratories and
classrooms for instructional purpose, research conduct and projects or activities. From 1996, there are above 35,000 students whose studies has been performed in TFII’s laboratories, e.g. the ones related to Automated Manufacturing, Corrosion Technology and Renewable Energy.
2. Research Conduct:
From 1998, at least 560 research findings, project works, Master’s Thesis and Dissertation have been generated of TFII support. Among these 75 researches and articles are widely acknowleged through publication in national and international journals, or presentation at national and international conferences.
2.1 Renewable Energy Research Center-RERC:
Renewable Energy Research Center under the umbrella of TFII was founded in 2003. The initial
implementation was conducted under Franco-Thai cooperation in higher education and research projects.
In 2003, the human resources development programs are launched through exchanges of personnel; that is, Ph.D. and Master’s level researchers to carry out research initiatives at GREEN Lab (Groupe de Researche en Electrotechnique et Electronique de Nancy Laboratory).
In addition, a cooperative agreement was endorsed in 2006 between TFII and INPL (L’Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine) as currently called University of Lorraine (UL), with the key aim of operating joint research between partnership members. It was not until 2008 that RERC was acknowledged as INPL’s research partner. Faculty and students ever since have been given professional development opportunities to pursue a Ph.D. at GREEN Lab, France. As results, as many as 59 papers were either published in journals with an impact factor or presented in domestic and international conferences, coming second to 136 French papers.
Among these, 60 research projects were carried out in collaboration with Thai scholars. Apart from being a center for trainee students from France, RERC is a research hub which welcomes not only undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students but also varied fellows from internal and external agencies.
Through running research projects in collaboration with public-private sectors, RERC members received distingushed awards such as the 2012 TRF-CHEScopus Young Researcher Awards and the 2013 IEEE IECON. On February 11, 2015, a specific research group (external category) was approved from Science and Technology Research Institute to set up the “Renewable Energy Research Center” or RERC under a 2-year period.
The figure below shows RERC’s research outputs implicating renewable energy and energy management that have been nationally and internationally published and distributed from 2010 onwards.