The energy systems research group consists of two divisions, which are Energy Management and Economics (EME) and Renewable Energy and Microgrids (REM).

A.  Energy Management and Economic (EME)

Energy management & economics is a broad scientific subject area which includes topics related to supply and use of energy in societies. Due to diversity of issues and methods applied and shared with a number of academic disciplines, energy economics does not present itself as a self contained academic discipline, but it is an applied sub-discipline of economics. From the list of main topics of economics, some relate strongly to energy management and economics:

  • Energy and Environment
  • Energy management and economic
  • Electric Utility Power Generation Economics

Energy management and economics also draws heavily on results of energy engineering, geology, political sciences, ecology etc. Recent focus of energy management and economics includes the following issues:

  • Tariff Policy
  • Climate change and climate policy
  • Risk analysis and security of supply
  • Sustainability
  • Energy markets and electricity markets – liberalization, (de- or re-) regulation
  • Demand response
  • Energy and economic growth
  • Economics of energy infrastructure
  • Environmental policy
  • Energy policy
  • Energy derivatives
  • Forecasting energy demand
  • Elasticity of supply and demand in energy market
  • Energy elasticity measuring energy required to achieve GDP

B. Renewable Energy and Microgrids (REM)

Motto : “UI to become a leading university in renewable energy application in Indonesia”

REM research group was established in November 2008, and it is a part of Energy and Electrical Power Studies at Electrical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering – Universitas Indonesia. This research group is led by Dr.-Ing. Eko Adhi Setiawan, ST,MT.

Background

Research activities and new technologies in renewable energy is necessary to keep abreast with the latest development of technology. The acquired knowledge is beneficial to anticipate the future implementation of technology in the society. Renewable energy is one of the leading edge technologies which require rapid advanced technological research and development. University of Indonesia has declared itself as a research university. However, until recently the role of university in conducting research is still not up to the level of expectation. Therefore, a program is required to boost the research environment to reach the goal of the research university. Department of Electrical Engineering (DoEE) UI (University of Indonesia) has been backed by committed and academically strong academic staff majoring in various aspects of renewable energy.

Rationale

Renewable Energy can be particularly appropriate for Indonesia. In rural areas, particularly in remote locations, transmission and distribution of electrical power generated from fossil fuels power plant can be difficult and expensive. Producing Renewable Energy locally can offer available alternative. Interest in renewable energies has increased recently due to environmental concerns about air quality and global warming, a decline in the cost of the technologies for Renewable Energy and improved efficiency and reliability. Moreover the deployment of Renewable Energy technology in rural areas offers opportunities for the use of local natural resources, for employment, and ultimately for institutional capacity. Therefore we try to build a sustainable supply of Renewable energy by increasing Renewable Energy research activities, facilitating Renewable energy related innovations, and developing Renewable energy efficient technologies in accordance with the characteristics of natural conditions in Indonesia.

The focus of renewable energy research in electrical engineering department is to develop integration of energy system such as solar cell (photovoltaic), wind turbine, micro turbine and diesel generator which can operate in parallel with the electrical grid or in an intentional island mode. This system is suitable to be implemented in urban or rural remote areas in Indonesia. It is novel grid concept of a small-scale power supply network designed to provide power for a small community such as campus, BTS communication, village administration office and small hospital in remote area etc. In the future, it can be a solution part of energy demand problem in Indonesia.

Activities

  • Current project (until October 2009): Designing of Hybrid System for Sustainable Energy in Rural Area. National Strategic Grant 2009, funded by Directorate General  of Higher Education (DIKTI) Republic of Indonesia
  • Planning to develop Hybrid System (Under Review by DAAD and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development-BMZ) in order to achieve our focus research as mention above; we propose this planning to DAAD – BMZ to develop a small hybrid system laboratory. The configuration of hybrid system laboratory and its components is shown below. This configuration was design by SMA as a German partner discussion to develop small hybrid system laboratory.

Objective

  • To provide graduate students with high quality and advanced research coverage and facilities for their thesis and dissertation topics.
  • To provide facilities for UI researchers to keep up with renewable energy technologies development.
  • To conduct joint research and studies toward the development of Renewable Energy resources in order to address the increasing renewable energy demand, shortage of Renewable energy supply and to mitigate the negative environmental impact of renewable energy use.
  • To implement Renewable Energy technology that suitable for Indonesian condition