Society of Renewable Energy (SRE) of Universitas Hasanuddin (Unhas) and PT. Astra International collaborates on an Innovation project for communities that utilise New Renewable Energy (NRE). The project is part of the Astra Energy Student Innovation (AGEnSI) Program, focusing on developing existing technology and the innovation of New Renewable Energy (NRE) for students from high schools and universities in Indonesia.
The event consisted of several stages, from team selection on August 30, 2021, Idea generation on September 17 – October 13, 2021, to Implementation on December 17 – 25, 2021.
Dhea Izumi as the research team leader for Astra Energy Student Innovation from SRE Universitas Hasanuddin, explained that AGEnSI is a platform for students from all over Indonesia to exhibit their innovation project supporting the target of NRE in Indonesia. Moreover, the event aims to educate Indonesian people to understand and be aware of the use of NRE on a daily basis.
“Based on the target for NRE (23% in 2025) in Indonesia, PT Astra International has taken the initiative to establish a program for Indonesian Youth who can participate directly in accelerating the target,” said Dhea Izumi
The team from SRE of Universitas Hasanuddin has developed an innovative technology called Solar Powered Water Purifier located ib Pramuka Island, Kepulauan Seribu, Jakarta. The installation took place on December 2021.
Solar Powered Water Purified converts groundwater into drinking water that is fit for human consumption using energy from solar power. In the process, groundwater will go through five (5) stages of filtration. After the filtration, the water will be distributed to Reverse Osmosis (RO) and end up at an alkaline tube to neutralise water pH. In the final process, bacteria left in the water will be removed using UV light.
“The technology is portable. It also applies an appropriate technology and uses solar energy sources to meet drinking water needs. The people here are accommodating,” said Bang Komar, a resident of Pramuka Island.
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Editor: Ishaq Rahman, AMIPR