Resilient sustainable energy supply on islands –the case of photovoltaic solar energy in Indonesia
To ensure an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable future for Indonesia’s 17.000 islands and their surrounding marine zones, Indonesia’s islands should become more resilient regarding the rapid increase of energy demand. This change should result in self-sufficient, sustainable islands, under all circumstances, with limited emissions and waste streams such that the local ecology and biodiversity will be protected as well. A low emission technology such as photovoltaic (PV) solar energy could play an important role in this change, because of the high irradiation the whole year through in Indonesia and the technologies’ low cost, its modularity, silent operation and ease of installation and maintenance. However, until now the installed power of PV systems in Indonesia is rather limited.
In the Netherlands, the energy transition is stimulated by the Dutch Climate Agreement, which envisions 49% CO2 emissions in 2030 and 90% in 2050, leading to high expectations about the role of photovoltaic solar energy systems in this transition. Technical experiences so far are, positive; however for a further increase of the installed PV power societal acceptance will be key.
Hence both in
Indonesia and the Netherlands, the development of sustainable energy solutions
requires an interdisciplinary approach that is well-embedded in
socio-economic, environmental and engineering research because the
implementation of these solutions on islands can only be successful if they
will meet the needs of all stakeholders and if these solutions will be
reliable and truly sustainable in practice.
In this session, photovoltaic solar energy systems will be discussed this interdisciplinary context.
Prof Angèle Reinders is a full professor of ‘Design of Sustainable Energy Systems’ at the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Eindhoven University of Technology and an associate professor at University of Twente. She aims at an optimal use and integration of sustainable energy technologies in products, buildings and local infrastructures. In this design-driven research theme, Read more…
Kunaifi is a lecturer at the Department of Electrical Engineering UIN Suska Riau University, Indonesia. His teaching and research focus on sustainable energy, especially solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Currently, he is finishing Ph.D. research on solar PV performance at the University of Twente. Kunaifi co-founded the Energy Research Group (EnReach) under UIN Suska Riau University Read more…
Max Ammer has been working on marine conservation through his professional dive activities in Raja Ampat, in Papua since the early 90-ies. In 2009, he established the Raja Ampat Research and Conservation Centre (RARCC), an NGO focused on engaging indigenous communities in the deployment of financial self-reliant projects and small businesses that stimulate conservation. For Read more…
Penny Hestianti Marsella was born in Palembang in 1993. She received a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the STT PLN University – Jakarta in 2011. She was a PLN’s Ambasador 2016 and has been the second winner of PLN’s Science and Technology Olympiad in 2014. She joined PLN, the Indonesian state-owned electricity utility company Read more…