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Case StudyKMITLKing Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang

Thailand Chooses Kikusui Products for Next-Generation Energy System and Leading-Edge Technology Project.
Kikusui is selected to supply a robust, high performance charge/discharge system that is trusted by engineers.


Aiming to turn Thailand into a high-tech economy, the Thai government has been collaborating with King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), a top-tier engineering institute, for several years now, on the research and development of solar cells, electric vehicles, microgrid infrastructure and other such innovative next-generation energy system components in what is a government-led project.
In charge of the project is Dr. Sompob Polmai. The Thai government, which is promoting electric vehicles and smart grid technology, placed great hopes in Dr. Sompob, a young leader with extensive knowledge of power supply technologies and head of the electronics division within KMITL’s engineering faculty. We interviewed Dr. Sompob about the project.

The Problem

KMITL needed a user-friendly charge/discharge system that yielded accurate measurements.

Dr. Sompob was evaluating charge/discharge equipment, which is required to conduct critical tests when researching and developing next-generation energy systems, but found it to be inaccurate and difficult to use. The system in question, which was manufactured in China and Taiwan, required charging and discharging to be performed by separate units. In addition to being complex and time-consuming to set up, the system also used outdated software that was not compatible with the latest evaluation criteria. Furthermore, the measurements yielded by the system were not very accurate. The fact that the system could not be relied on to produce accurate experimental readings concerned Dr. Sompob, who could not bring himself to select it for installation.

In a major project that demands results, accurate experimental data are essential. Hoping to find a more reliable alternative, Dr. Sompob and his colleagues decided to look at charge/discharge systems produced by other manufacturers.

How was this problem solved?