Faculty of Engineering Held an International Conference on Renewable Energy

Universitas Hasanuddin (Unhas), through the Faculty of Engineering, conducted an International Conference entitled “International Conference on Energy, Manufacture, Advanced Material and Mechatronics (IC-EMAMM) 2021”. The event with the theme “The Role of Mechanical Engineers in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals Through Technology and Innovation” was conducted online via the zoom meeting application on Tuesday (23/11).

Unhas presented speakers from four different countries, Prof. Shuzi Hayase (The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan), Prof. Tawatchai Charinpanikkul (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand), Prof Noordin Mohd. Yusof (Universiti Teknology Malaysia) dan Prof. Dr. Ir. Bondan Tiara Sofyan, M.Si (National Defense Institute of the Republic of Indonesia).

The conference was officially opened by Prof. dr. Ir. Nasrum Massi, PhD, the Vice-Rector for Research, Innovation, and Partnership. In his remarks, Prof. Nasrum highly appreciated the implementation of IC-EMAMM for inviting some competent speakers from different countries.  Unhas always supports all faculties to increase global networking. The event also is in line with the internationalisation program that requires partnerships with many parties.

“The chosen theme is on point considering that the role of engineers is needed in various aspects of life to encourage the people welfare using sustainable technologies.  Therefore, the need for technology to support sustainable development should be our shared concern. For instance, the technology that supports renewable energy can be useful for the benefit of all people in general,” explained Prof. Nasrum.

Prof. Shuzi Hayase, as the first keynote speaker, presented her view on “Next Generation Solar Cells: Printable Halide Perovskite Solar Cell Including Cylindrical Solar Cell Research”. The topic discussed two main points related to trials carried out regarding the utilisation of cylindrical solar cells and perovskite solar cells.

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Energy is one of the main problems faced by almost all countries because it is one of the main factors for economic growth. Energy problems become more complex when the increasing demand for energy from all countries in the world. Renewable energy can support economic growth and reduce the supply of conventional energy.

The increasing energy demand is not in line with the community’s need to create a clean and pollution-free environment. These considerations require the development of renewable energy sources.

A solar cell is a power plant that can convert sunlight into electric current. Solar Energy is a possible source of energy considering its sustainable nature and considerable amount.

“The development of solar cell has reached the third generation, Solar Cell Perovskite (PSC). The innovation is made to produce solar cells with safe and eco-friendly materials to produce high efficiency,” explained Prof.

The activity then continued with the presentation of material from other speakers. Prof. Tawatchai, the second speaker from Thailand, discussed “Our Contribution of Carbonaceous Nanomaterials Research to Bio-Circular-Green Economy.”

Prof. Tawatchai said the BCG economic model conceptualised in Thailand was part of the Thailand 4.0 policy to encourage economic and social development. This model integrated a circular economy and a green economy (bioeconomics), which became the root of Thailand’s strength in agriculture and natural resources, diversity, and geography.

BCG aims to support transforming the conventional economic system into a value-based and innovation-based economy. BCG Thailand follows the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in ensuring the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and protecting natural resources and the environment.

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After all the speakers presented their topics, the event moved to the QnA session. The conference ran smoothly and ended at 2.00 PM Central Indonesia Time.

Marningsih Sadik, S.S. and Kumara Tungga Dewa, S.S.

Editor: Ishaq Rahman, AMIPR

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