Accelerating the utilization of geothermal energy in Indonesia requires various strategies to achieve the target of installed capacity of 3.3 GW by 2030. One of the needs to make this happen is the availability of experts, which is currently still limited. The Geothermal Directorate under the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources implements knowledge transfer targeting various universities in Indonesia. Through the Geothermal Goes To Campus program, this activity bridges the transfer of knowledge regarding the use of geothermal energy from government institutions and companies to students from various scientific disciplines. The aim is to increase students’ understanding and interest in becoming potential experts in the future.
On Tuesday, November 7 2023, the program will be held again at the Department of Geological Engineering, Diponegoro University, as has been carried out regularly for the last 5 years. The activity was held in the Theater Room of the Dean Building of the Undip Faculty of Engineering with 100 participants consisting of Geological Engineering students and lecturers.
The event opened with remarks regarding the condition of geothermal energy development in Indonesia by Mr. Harris as Director of Geothermal Energy. He said that Indonesia plans to become the country with the largest installed capacity of geothermal energy in the world by 2030. The current potential has only been utilized at 10%, so it still requires massive capital and human resources. Next was a speech from Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Thomas Triadi Putranto, ST, M.Eng as head of the department expressed hope that geothermal-related education will be increasingly popular in Indonesia. This should continue to be developed considering the need to develop new, renewable energy in this country. In this way, one of the goals of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be realized.
Entering the first session, Mr. Mustika Delimantoro from the Director General of Geothermal Energy explained to the participants about “Policies in the Geothermal Sector”. The development of geothermal energy in a field requires a long period of at least 7 years from exploration to production. The second session entitled “Stages of Geothermal Field Development” was delivered by Ayu Gracia Ade Sumartha from PT Geo Dipa Energi. Geologist are needed at all stages of development starting from preliminary studies, exploration and drilling, feasibility studies, and exploitation and utilization. The discussion with the resource person was moderated by Mrs. Vanadia Martadiastuti, ST, M.Eng. as a geothermal lecturer at Undip Geological Engineering.
In addition to material that opens up insights, the committee invites participants to take part in a quiz with attractive door prizes. The event closed with the hope of continuing the activities next year with no less high enthusiasm from the participants.
Article by: Jenian Marin (Geological Engineering)