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On 12th August 2016, Universitas Prasetiya Mulya recently hosted the ‘Japanese Waste-to-Green Technologies’ seminar with well-respected Japanese lecturer from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Prof. Kunio Yoshikawa at Borobudur Hotel in Jakarta. The event – held as part of the Energy Engineering undergraduate study programme – aimed to provide detailed insights on efficient waste management methods in addition to the introduction of modern innovation for waste conversion. Distinguished attendees at the event included Dean of the School of Business and Economics, Prof. Agus W. Soehadi, Ph.D, Universitas Prasetiya Mulya’s Vice Rector Prof. Djoko Wintoro, Ph.D; Dean of School of Applied STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Prof. Janson Naiborhu.
During the seminar, Prof. Kunio Yoshikawa illustrated a number of waste conversion measures; among these are waste-to-coal technology, waste-to-fertilizer technology, waste-to-oil technology, waste-to-electricity technology, emulsion fuel technology, and ECRM technology. Through extensive research, Prof. Kunio Yoshikawa and his team have also successfully developed state-of-the-art machinery that has been utilised by a number of companies throughout Asia to tackle their industrial waste management. While there is a greater shift towards green technology, emerging markets such as Indonesia would require large capital and immense investment in its human capital as well as education system in order to develop these alternative energy sources, as reiterated by Prof. Kunio Yoshikawa. Currently, Prof. Kunio Yoshikawa’s machinery is able to convert a wide array of waste types including municipal solid waste, waste plastic, sewage sludge, and hospital waste; as such, with a daily garbage production of 25 tonnes, Jakarta is therefore in prime position to take advantage of these environmentally-friendly waste conversion procedures.
As the latest university to offer a course in Energy Engineering, Universitas Prasetiya Mulya strives to partake in the advancements as well as growing use of green technology by prominent local industry players. To spur this growth, Universitas Prasetiya Mulya is poised to work closely with esteemed higher education institutions such as the Tokyo Institute of Technology, industry experts, and business players with the capacity to spearhead the progress of renewable energy in Indonesia.