Remote Sensing Expertise to Encourage Renewable Energy
Jamrud Aminuddin, S.Si., M.Si., Ph.D was born in Mamuju, West Sulawesi in June 1977. Completing the S1 program at Hasanudin University, S2 program at the Bandung Institute of Technology, and continuing his doctoral program at Chiba University. Since 2006, Jamrud Aminuddin, S.Si., M.Si., Ph.D has been a permanent lecturer at Jenderal Soedirman University.
During his service at Unsoed, he has done a lot of research, some of the titles include the Projections of Climate Change using Conformal Cubic Atmospheric Model (CCAM) in Bali - Indonesia, Numerical analysis of energy converter for wave energy power generation-pendulum system, and 3D modeling using structure from motion technique for land observation in Kelok 9 flyover. Jamrud Aminuddin raised a research theme on modeling diatmospheric dynamics using satellite remote sensing or remotte sensing. "Currently, there is a trend on the issue of new renewable energy; I have a computational basis for modeling converter systems, which are devices that move in a circular manner with physical processes," he said.
He has received many research funding grants from various sources, including DRPM, BRIN, and BLU Unsoed. In addition, his research with the theme "Piko Hydro Hydropower Installation and Socialization of Its Utilization" is in the process of applying for IPR. Jamrud Aminuddin also contributes to applying his knowledge to community service programs in the form of water pump assistance driven by a pinwheel for catfish farmers in Somagede District, Banyumas Regency. On the sidelines of his teaching activities, he is active as an editor at the Teras Physics Journal and a reviewer at the MDPI Journal of Remote Sensing.
Striving to the Realization of the Dream of Energy Independence
The need for energy is a human problem that researchers are constantly trying to solve. Energy underpins the progress of a country. In addition to trying to find sources for an adequate amount of energy, research on energy is also required to develop new renewable energy to reduce dependence on fossil energy which is running low. New Renewable Energy is what continues to be developed by a researcher from Jenderal Soedirman University, Dr.Eng Suroso, S.T., M.Eng. The lecturer of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Unsoed focuses on new renewable energy research. As one of his researches is Solar Thermal and Wind Hybrid Power Plant in Coastal Area. Suroso also developed an important technology, namely an inverter to convert DC (Direct Current) into AC (Alternating Current). He did this so that the output of the hybrid power plant, which is still DC current, can be converted to AC. Twelve international publications on his research in the energy field attest to his persistence in conducting research.
Currently, the Hybrid Power Plant Technology in Prototype form is installed and observed around the Laboratory of the Faculty of Engineering Unsoed. The recipient of the Unsoed Award for Research in 2013 installed three windmills with different volumes and solar panels on the front roof of the Laboratory. The doctoral degree graduate from Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan, revealed that the three windmills produce an average of 1200 watts while the solar panel produces 1000 watts. "This power is then channeled to the batteries in the laboratory," he explained. Suroso added that the power generated is still DC so it needs to be converted into AC current. "This is where the inverter has a very important role to convert DC into AC so that it can be used for electronic equipment here which we use requires AC current," he explained. Various researches were conducted by the Head of the Electrical Department of the Faculty of Engineering to find an inverter that has good power quality and a simpler circuit. Various types of inverters with varying levels have come to Suroso's attention.
After conducting research on laboratory scale, this hybrid power plant will be a solution in Banyumas and surrounding areas. One of the potentials includes the Cilacap area as it is windy and has a lot of solar heat potential. "This is in accordance with the national program that this year 5% of the national energy needs will be renewable energy," he explained. Although Suroso admits that for now the cost required to produce per-Kwh power is more expensive, with greater capacity and more advanced research, renewable energy will be the answer to increasing energy needs and diminishing fossil resources.
Indonesia, in general, is a country rich in renewable energy potential. "Indonesia has abundant sunlight, wind on the coast, ocean waves, geothermal, and various other sources," he said. Therefore, research in the energy sector is very important so that all of this potential can be utilized properly.
Currently, apart from continuing to conduct research in the field of renewable energy, this lecturer of power electronics courses is also active in community service both in the form of counseling and technology applications. This community service activity is one of the means to get closer to the community, increase knowledge while solving various existing problems. In addition, Suroso also actively participates in various international and national conferences related to his field of science. No less than 5 different countries he has visited in order to deliver his papers orally including the UK, USA, Taiwan, Japan, and Malaysia. Suroso also received the Best Paper Award in the CITEE International Seminar in 2012 at UGM Yogyakarta.