Energy Study Center Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) receives research fund from Indonesian Ministry of Research and Higher Education as much as USD 3 million or 39 billion rupiahs for conducting collaborative research for the next 4 years. The research fund came from Sustainable Higher Education Research Alliances (SHERA) program which is a cooperation between Indonesian Ministry of Research and Higher Education and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The Head of Energy Study Center UGM, Dr. Deendarlianto said the research which will be developed is hybrid energy system and energy efficiency as well as its supportive networks to establish sustainable tropical islands. The research, entitled Centre for Development of Sustainable Region (CDSR), also plans to perform various research projects. “We will perform activities with various scientific approaches,” said Deendarlianto in a release which was sent on Monday (27/3).
Deendarlianto said CDSR team consisted of researchers from University of Colorado at Boulder, Universitas Indonesia, Bandung Institute ofTechnology, Bogor Institute of Agriculture , Universitas Bangka Belitung, Gorontalo State University, and Universitas Muhammadiyah Gorontalo. According to the expert, these research activities will encourage research and management of the involved universities. “Furthermore, the research aims to develop sustainable islands,” he added.
Several research on hybrid energy system development which will be conducted consist of the utilization of solar and bio energy for tropical cities and villages, the establishment of online system energy monitoring for tropical beach regions both in cities and villages. “Moreover, collaborative research among these universities also aims to enhance local industries’ capacity and various components of supportive network,” he emphasized.