“ The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and PLN must have better coordination in regards to carrying out the government regulations as they are currently not on the same page. ”
Asindo Tech strives to become the most reliable, reputable, and preferred EPC company for the agro-industry. We are the leader for tapioca starch processing technology in Indonesia and we are the only local company that boasts an integrated zero waste tapioca processing system. In spite of Indonesia’s ability to cultivate cassava, the country is also one of the biggest importers of tapioca starch. This, therefore, motivates us to develop the niche tapioca agriculture industry in Indonesia because Asindo Tech is striving to become the biggest tapioca starch processing services company. As such, we have forged ahead in promoting the benefits of using cassava for renewable energy as it boasts the ability to boost the economic growth of local communities and support food sustainability programmes. In fact, we are ready to share our breakthrough discovery to the ASEAN and African regions that also have an abundant supply of cassava.
Moreover, Asindo Tech established a workshop in Bandar Lampung which is the centre of the national tapioca industry; we have also built a factory in Kalimantan and Sulawesi in addition to initiating a sago project in Papua. Given the immense potential of the agro-industry particularly for renewable energy, we have developed advanced technology that can convert agro-waste to biogas. The biogas can then be utilised to supply electricity to factories, communities, and we can also sell it to PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN). Renewable energy deriving from the agro-industry can primarily be found in remote areas across the archipelago thus Asindo Tech has the capability to support the government’s aim to increase electrification ratio in isolated areas in Indonesia. The ease of cultivating cassava coupled with the low technology feature of our services, Asindo Tech is confident that we can meet the various electricity demands of the remote areas of Indonesia.
There are numerous opportunities made available in our industry, especially in the agro-industry. Based on our experience dealing clients that utilise tapioca, as well as palm oil often do not maximise the use of waste water. We believe that this notion brings about the necessary chance for the government to bolster the growth of the national renewable energy sector. Although there remain many difficulties related to government regulations such as for feed-in tariffs that apply to our sector, Asindo Tech will proceed in improving upon our technology and services. In doing so, we are able to have a head start in supplying electricity to communities and factories hence this serves as our key strength in the industry.
One of the measures the current administration can undertake to assist the growth of our industry is to reduce the use of diesel fuel for their transportation operations. Moreover, the government needs to create a detailed plan for renewable energy-related laws based on an area-specific scheme. In addition, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and PLN must have better coordination in regards to carrying out the government regulations as they are currently not on the same page. As a result, this hampers the ability to operate for companies in our sector. We suggest that the government enforces a rule where PLN are required to purchase renewable energy despite the high costs in some regions in Indonesia as a means to push for the growth of our industry.
We are well aware that a number of investors are interested in entering our industry, but there is reluctance as they are waiting for stricter enforcement by the government for the current laws and regulations that are applied to our sector. Without clarity, they will steer clear of tapping into our industry.
As we are a member of Asosiasi Biogas Indonesia, we often engage with government players, PLN, and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources so as to discuss issues and solutions to better our sector. Asindo Tech is also working towards raising awareness on the various use of tapioca with wide-ranging Indonesian communities and business players.
We have a dedicated innovation team that regularly seeks out solutions for the betterment of our sector. Asindo Tech additionally partners with reputable energy companies that offer modern technology while also establishing strategic cooperation with a range of international firms particularly from Europe. For cooperation, we ask that our partners optimise the use of local products which is a principle that we will continue to uphold at Asindo Tech.
Asindo Tech remains open to partnering with international companies for technological advancement and partnership opportunities. Indonesia’s recent advancements in agroindustry encourage us to work with investors who have had longstanding experience in renewable energy. We believe that European companies would enable us to further develop our current level of technology. For Asindo Tech, we strive to offer technology of European standards at ASEAN prices.
As a company, we are looking to optimise foreign investors’ interests in Indonesia as an investment destination. With the country looking to push for the development of waste-to-energy conversion processes, Asindo Tech is well-prepared to participate in realising this plan. We are optimistic that our capacity to convert tapioca starch as well as waste landfill-to-energy strategically positions us in playing an integral role for the future progress of Indonesia’s renewable energy sector. Asindo Tech is confident that we can become an industry leader for tapioca starch and waste landfill energy conversion technology for Indonesia in addition to other regions.