Decentralized renewable energy systems in Indonesia – technical, economic and societal challenges and opportunities

Ensuring universal, affordable and sustainable energy access is one of the biggest societal challenges of our time. Indonesia has a relatively high electrification rate, however over five million people and 14000 villages still lack access to electricity, especially in remote areas and islands. Decentralized, bottom-up approaches, such as solar home systems and microgrids, have emerged as a response to shortcomings of the centralized grid approach, but affordability, scalability and long-term sustainability remain a challenge. Technology innovation can address many of these challenges, but the economic and societal dimension are essential for sustainable adoption at scale. Lack of appropriate business models has been a key bottleneck in scaling and field sustainability of microgrids. Leveraging on productive energy users (small business and industry) is a way forward to both ensuring microgrids sustainability and unleashing economic development opportunities.

This panel discussion aims to create a dialogue between the Indonesian and Dutch stakeholders (academia, industry, government, NGOs, etc.) and throw a spotlight on the technical, business and societal challenges and opportunities of the off-grid electrification scene in Indonesia:

  • Indonesian off-grid and decentralized renewable energy scene: national electrification plan, status and experiences;
  • Technical challenges and opportunities: DC/AC microgrids, supply and demand match, power quality.
  • Energy enabled economic development opportunities (e-mobility, agriculture) and Water-Energy-Food nexus

The discussion builds on the ongoing research and education collaboration between the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) and University of Twente (UT) through several projects (SCENT project, ERASMUS+KA107 for exchange of staff between the UT and ITB, a newly granted ANRGI project within the Cooperation Indonesia-The Netherlands Call 2019).

Amalia Suryani

Amalia Suryani has twelve years’ experience in energy and environment sector. She started her career in the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. In 2010, she joined the Clinton Foundation as an Energy Efficiency Analyst, supporting the Jakarta government in implementing energy efficiency measures for buildings and street lighting. Subsequently from 2011 until 2018, Read more…

    Ferdaus Ario Nurman

    Ferdaus Ario Nurman received his BSc in School of Electrical Engineering and Informatics from Institute Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia, in 2011. From 2011 through 2013 he worked as Power Engineer in PT Len Industri (Persero)-Indonesia. Since 2013, he has been holding the Product Development Leader in PT Len Industri (Persero)-Indonesia especially in monorail traction and Read more…

      Frank Leferink

      Prof Frank Leferink received his B.Sc. in 1984, his M.Sc. in 1992 and his PhD in 2001, all electrical in engineering, at the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. He has been with THALES in Hengelo, The Netherlands since 1984 and is now the Technical Authority EMC. He is also manager of the Network of Read more…


        Harris, S.T., M.T., was born in Wajo, Sulawesi Selatan on November 24th, 1969. Since December 2017, he occupy as the Director for Various New and Renewable Energy, Directorate General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. With a background in Electrical Engineering from Hasanuddin University, he began working as Read more…

          Kornelis Blok

          Prof Kornelis Blok is professor of Energy Systems Analysis. He studied physics at Utrecht University and received a Ph.D. degree in 1991. In 1984, he was one of the founders of Ecofys, now part of Navigant. He is lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and chairman of the Netherlands Energy Research Read more…

            Tamara Oukes

            Dr Tamara Oukes is an assistant professor at ESIM-NIKOS, the Dutch Institute for Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Twente and Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship from the Technical University of Berlin. She obtained her PhD entitled “network position and related power: how they affect and are Read more…

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                Wednesday 25, 2020 4:00 PM
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                Wednesday 25, 2020 5:00 PM
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