In keeping with its reputation as an environmentally aware campus, Mr Eliezer Tarigen, a lecturer of Physics and Alternative Energy at UBAYA has recently concluded his research on the potential use of solar energy. This study involved Mr Tarigen installing solar technology into his home and then evaluating the amount of electricity produced. The results from his experiment concluded that the electricity produced comfortably exceeded the daily needs of the household. This research therefore highlights Indonesia’s potential for renewable energy and UBAYA’s forward-thinking approach to further develop this sector.
By installing four solar cell panels each with a capacity of 200 watts, Mr Tarigen was able to accumulate a solar power capacity total of 800 watts. Once the solar panels and generator circuit were installed, Mr Tarigen was able to produce 4.8 kilowatt-hours (kWh), considerably above the average used in homes across Surabaya which typically require 3-4 kWh of electricity.
Indonesia’s geographical landscape makes domestic electricity coverage a difficult challenge. As the country experiences economic growth, its thirst for electricity continues to rise, yet the electrification rate stands at only 80% across the archipelago. With the government’s push for renewables to account for 15% of total domestic energy by 2025 and the country’s good solar irradiation, solar photovoltaic technology presents a potential opportunity to solve Indonesia’s energy gap.
Through his research, Mr Tarigen also showcased the positive environmental potential of solar technology, highlighting the technology’s durability with proper maintenance and the environmental impact of burning fossil fuels to generate electricity. Indonesia has become the fifth biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world and further investment in its renewable energy sector will contribute to the country’s preservation of forests and peat land.
Mr Tarigen’s research demonstrates UBAYA’s commitment to further advancing Indonesia’s solar power potential. Electrification of Indonesia’s vast archipelago is vital for the country to compete within the global stage. By demonstrating the capacity of solar power as an alternative power source, UBAYA demonstrates the high calibre of its research topics that can impact everyday life in the archipelago.