Updated: Aug 22, 2019
Indonesia began to apply smart grid generator technology which is a technology to operate electric power systems by combining computer, communication and network technology. For Indonesia, this technology was first implemented in Southwest Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara.
"Given the energy derived from fossil fuels (BBM) will run out in 2025. It's time for Indonesia to develop renewable energy such as using solar, water and wind power. Therefore, I strongly support making the Smart Micro Grid Plant demo, "said State Minister for Research and Technology, Gusti Muhammad Hatta.
The Lambung Mangkurat University's Professor said that the "Smart Micro Grid Plant" is new and first approach in Indonesia to operate an electric power system that utilizes communication technology, computers, and cyberspace. The Smart Grid that has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Research and Technology is supported by various advanced technologies both electronic equipment and information and communication technology (ICT) devices. "This BPPT initiative (Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology) was very great and the first in Indonesia. Because through the demontrasion "Smart Micro Grid Plant" was able to integrate and regulate the use of various renewable energy power plants both solar, wind, water, biomass and diesel , "Gusti said in a statement received by VIVAnews, Monday, June 4, 2012. Meanwhile, the head of BPPT, Marzan A Iskandar said, this smart grid was a new approach. "Smart Grid implementation will provide greater benefits because the number of renewable plants and storage units distributed and integrated increases, efficiency increases, operational costs decrease, reliability increases and CO2 emissions decrease. And hopefully this will be a pilot that integrates solar energy, micro-hydro and diesel power plants that are intended to reduce the use of diesel fuel that is widely used in remote areas such as Southwest Sumba, "Marzan said. According to the United States Energy Agency, "smart grid" is a class of technology used for electrical delivery systems in the 21st century, using computer and machine-based controllers. This technology connects generators of various kinds to consumers whether home or business. This two-way communication based technology has been used in other industries, but it was only before the 21st century that it was implemented in the electricity industry.