The Directorate General of New, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (EBTKE), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources always strives to develop education in the field of geothermal energy at the university level. One of them is the Knowledge Transfer: Geothermal Goes To Campus activity. This activity is a routine program held by the Director General of EBTKE as a medium for transferring knowledge to several universities in Indonesia. The event was held at the Department of Geological Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Diponegoro University on Tuesday (27/09/2022) which was attended by lecturers and students in the Seminar Room of Pertamina Sukowati Building with 120 participants.
The event was opened with remarks by the head of the department and the opening of the Geothermal Directorate, Mr. Sahat Simangunsong, ST, MT, who explained the essence and purpose of this activity. The presentation session was delivered by Mr. Djoko Anityo Wibowo, ST, MT from PT Geo Dipa Energi, led by moderator Mrs. Vanadia Martadiastuti, ST, M.Eng., M.Eng. (lecturer of the Department of Geological Engineering). Mr. Djoko, who has experience in more than 40 geothermal development projects, provided material on the topic of Geothermal Exploration and Resource Assessment. He conveyed Indonesia’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions by increasing the capacity of renewable energy power plants, one of which is geothermal.
Geothermal development in Indonesia consists of several stages ranging from initial surveys, further exploration, feasibility studies, to production. Project risk decreases as the development stage continues and in line with the level of certainty of geothermal resources and reserves. However, in development there are still various challenges such as investment, less competitive electricity prices, and social dynamics.
Throughout the delivery of the material, students actively asked questions and discussed with the speakers. This shows the interest and enthusiasm of students, according to the target of this activity as a means of increasing student knowledge and generating interest in the field of geothermal energy development in Indonesia.