Targeting Maritime Economy Cluster, Indonesian Ministry Develops Micro grid

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Realizing that there are several outermost and frontier areas in Indonesia that still have limited electricity supplies, the Government is looking for various solutions, one of which is by developing a microgrid-based electricity system. This technology will provide a small-scale, hybrid-based electricity system from New and Renewable Energy (EBT).

“This is a model that we will try to develop later for the smallest islands. All energy sources there are collected into one,” said Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Arifin Tasrif in an online discussion in Jakarta, Monday (10 / 8).

The existence of this hybrid power plant will be used to drive the economic activities of the local community based on maritime affairs. “That way, remote areas can rely on existing sources in the regions to be able to develop industries, increase income and increase the rate of economic growth,” said Arifin.

Microgrid itself will offer small-scale electricity systems using new and renewable energy potentials in certain regions. This microgrid system consists of an intelligent inventer that can convert DC energy sources from solar, water, wind and biogas to use AC electricity.

The advantage of this system is that if the supply is excess, it will be stored in the battery and will be used during peak loads. This technology has been implemented in Raja Ampat, Papua, and West Java.

The geographical condition of Indonesia as a maritime country, which consists of approximately 17,000 islands, is a challenge in itself. For this reason, the Government assesses that the use of new and renewable energy is a solution in providing a sustainable and environmentally friendly energy source. (NA).

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