Indonesia has the largest energy resources within the ASEAN region, being the home of the best geothermal and hydro energies with volcanoes and abundant source of water. Despite the rich state, Indonesia is also one of the world’s fastest growing energy consumption.
Indonesia’s electricity consumption itself is forecasted to triple by 2030. According to data released by World Energy Council in 2014, Indonesia was also ranked on 69th of total 129 countries in energy sustainability. Energy sustainability is impacted by three factors that are supplies of energy sources, access to energy supplies, and the continuation of new energy development. The recent years have seen the declining of Indonesia’s energy sustainability caused by the imbalance between demand and supply.
Technology has proven to be of big assistance in energy development. But the limitation of business models, softwares, financial and funding, and innovative services have been great challenges in energy distribution.
These challenges have driven the form of partnership between Digitaraya and New Energy Nexus SEA that is aimed to support the birth of digital startups in energy sector. Digitaraya focuses on building the Indonesia’s future generation of entrepreneurs in digital startups, while New Energy Nexus SEA has the vision to transform the energy system in South East Asia.
The partnership is expected to be the strong force in rolling the process of energy system transformation towards smart energy system in Indonesia and South East Asia with Indonesia being the largest country in the region with enormous potential of being leader in both energy and digital sectors.
New Energy Nexus Southeast Asia (Nexus SEA) is a smart energy startup support initiative jointly established by CalCEF and GIZ in 2017. Nexus SEA has a mission to accelerate the smart energy ecosystem in SEA, support hundreds of new smart energy startups and transform the energy system in Southeast Asia.
Energy Meetup is one of a series of this collaboration program, which presents participants from various backgrounds ranging from students, young professionals, to energy industry players and experts. The event aims to be a means to share smart energy conditions, challenges and opportunities in Indonesia, explore the opportunities in the energy sector for Indonesia’s future, and invite young people to be more attentive to energy issues and provide solutions by making startups in energy sector.
This Energy Meetup will discuss about the electrification of microgrids in a light and interactive way. Microgrid electrification is one example of a distributed generation pattern that can cover various types of energy sources, ranging from fossil sources, as well as renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, biogas, etc. Speakers in attendance will come from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and industry players who are experienced in implementing microgrid projects in various areas in Indonesia.
GDG Meetup, supported by Digitaraya Powered by Google Launchpad in collaboration with New Energy Nexus SEA, gave an in-depth explanation about IoT’s big role in Renewable Energy Utilization and Smart Energy Startups. The speakers in this event were: Giandomenico Zappia (Business Development Asia Pacific, Enel Green Power), Valentine Gandhi (Founder, The Development CAFE), and Alwin Arrasyid (Lead Software Engineer, DycodeX). The event discussed about how we can apply IoT optimally in the Energy Industry and how we can make changes in the Smart Energy sector.
This workshop, hosted by Digitaraya Powered by Google Launchpad and New Energy Nexus SEA, was catered for its participants to do the issue mapping in energy startups and find the right solutions. The participants were eight startup teams, which were selected by Digitaraya through engagement and selection process. The workshop included materials on design thinking, market validation, and business model.
NYALA Smart Energy Hackathon 2018 is one of a series of collaboration programs between Digitaraya and NEXUS SEA which are held for developers and entrepreneurs who are interested in solving problems in the energy industry through digital technology. Through this event, participants will be educated about the cases and actual potential faced by the energy industry, and challenged to create digital solutions to problems in the energy industry. The time given to participants is 24 hours to create the best innovations and pour them into digital solutions. On the last day, the participants will present their ideas to the jury panel, to get criticism / suggestions for future developments.