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Expressions of interest open for Eastern Indonesia Renewable Energy Field Study and Business Opportunities Seminar

Expressions of interest open for Eastern Indonesia Renewable Energy Field Study and Business Opportunities Seminar

November 10, 2017

Interested parties are invited to participate in the Eastern Indonesia Renewable Energy Field Study and Business Opportunities Seminar, taking place in March 2018. The Australia-Indonesia Centre Energy Cluster, in partnership with the Australian Consulate General in Makassar, are organising a field study to explore renewable energy opportunities in South Sulawesi from 26 to 28 March. The study […]

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“Indonesia could move rapidly to 100% renewable energy” – Professor Andrew Blakers

“Indonesia could move rapidly to 100% renewable energy” – Professor Andrew Blakers

November 2, 2017

Indonesia is perfectly placed to take advantage of the renewable energy revolution, according to research conducted by Australian National University and Institut Pertainian Bogor. Professor Andrew Blakers of the Australian National University explains how rapidly advancing technology, coupled with the unique natural environments of Australia and Indonesia, mean that solar and wind energy will not […]

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Eastern Indonesia and outback Australia share the same energy challenges: Makassar Consul General Richard Mathews on energy investment

Eastern Indonesia and outback Australia share the same energy challenges: Makassar Consul General Richard Mathews on energy investment

October 27, 2017

Upon election, Indonesian president Joko Widodo included infrastructure and renewable energy investment among his government’s top priorities. Indonesia aims to double renewable energy supply by 2025, to 23%. For projects up to 10 megawatts, the government has permitted up to 95% foreign ownership. This creates enormous opportunity for Australian business to invest in a rapidly […]

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Energy Cluster receives APEC grant for Remote Community pilot project

Energy Cluster receives APEC grant for Remote Community pilot project

October 24, 2017

The Australia-Indonesia Centre Energy Cluster has received Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation funding for a remote community energy systems planning pilot project in Indonesia. The project, titled ‘Integrated Energy System Planning for Equitable Access to Sustainable Energy for Remote Communities in the APEC Regions using North Sulawesi as a Pilot Project/Test Bed’, has received a US$149,000 grant. […]

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Renewable ‘alternatives’ cheapest option for Australia, Indonesia

Renewable ‘alternatives’ cheapest option for Australia, Indonesia

September 21, 2017

Electricity from photovoltaics and wind are likely the cheapest options for large-scale energy generation in both Australia and Indonesia, according to research from the Australian National University (ANU) and Institut Teknologi Bandung, supported by The Australia-Indonesia Centre. “Reductions in the cost of photovoltaics and wind, coupled with developments in high-voltage direct current (HVDC) and off-river […]

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Smarter electrification: providing energy isn’t enough 

Smarter electrification: providing energy isn’t enough 

July 28, 2017

Four years ago life in Pulau Bau, a village on a tiny island off North Maluku in Indonesia, was transformed. The community was supplied with electricity via small-scale diesel generators and a state-of-the-art solar energy system with battery backup. Every house was receiving some electricity—not a lot, but some. But early in 2017 the system […]

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What could giant batteries mean for Indonesian energy?

What could giant batteries mean for Indonesian energy?

July 25, 2017

In response to blackouts and concerns over energy supply, South Australia is getting the world’s largest lithium-ion battery. What exactly does this mean for the future of energy in Australia, and could such an approach work for Indonesia? “The announcement of the Neoen and Tesla investment in a 100MW/129MWh battery adjacent to the Hornsdale wind-farm […]

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Research Coordinator position open for applications

Research Coordinator position open for applications

May 2, 2017

The Australia-Indonesia Centre is currently seeking a Research Coordinator to support the overall research program outcomes. As the Research Coordinator, you will be responsible for providing expert research administration and oversight in relation to the management of the research-related activities for the centre. You will collect information from a range of research teams then refine […]

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Sumba Iconic Island Report: Turning alternative renewables into reality in Indonesia

Sumba Iconic Island Report: Turning alternative renewables into reality in Indonesia

March 28, 2017

The socio-cultural and natural environmental factors that will influence renewable energy use in nine rural and remote districts in Lombok, South Sulawesi and Sumba Island have been analysed in a recently published Landscape Lifescape Analysis by Indonesian and Australian researchers. The researchers found that there is a low risk of negative impacts to the environment, […]

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The future of innovation is in good hands

The future of innovation is in good hands

January 18, 2017

The following speeches were presented at the Australia-Indonesia Centre Graduate Research Interdisciplinary Network Mentors Dinner, Tuesday 29 November 2016, University House, Australian National University. Distinguished guests included the President of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Andrew Holmes, and the Chairman of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences, Professor Sangkot Marzuki. Kieran Sullivan, PhD candidate, University of Melbourne […]

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The cyclic nature of innovation: looking to tradition to design the coolest and most efficient tropical houses

The cyclic nature of innovation: looking to tradition to design the coolest and most efficient tropical houses

November 11, 2016

Traditional buildings in Indonesia make use of ‘passive’ cooling techniques. Being well ventilated, raised off the ground, and with shady verandas, their design allows them to stay cool in a tropical climate without air conditioning. The classic timber ‘Queenslander’ house also follows a similar design. Now architects and engineers from both countries are getting together […]

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Adding leaves to the Australia-Indonesia stems

Adding leaves to the Australia-Indonesia stems

September 20, 2016 By Adjunct Professor Richard Price

From time to time a university’s research focus on health and medicine, infrastructure, energy, urban water and agriculture is misinterpreted to mean a focus on medical sciences, engineering, physics, hydrology and agronomy respectively. That at least is the perception among some of the Australia-Indonesia Centre’s collaborative research clusters undertaken across universities located in both Australia […]

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Researchers, government and industry come together at the 3rd Indonesia-Australia Research Summit

Researchers, government and industry come together at the 3rd Indonesia-Australia Research Summit

September 5, 2016

On August 22 and 23, over 220 academics, researchers, and industry and government figures convened at Surabaya’s Universitas Airlangga for the 3rd Indonesia-Australia Research Summit. Presented by the Australia-Indonesia Centre and the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of Indonesia (RISTEK-DIKTI), the theme of the summit was ‘Innovating Together: Starting local, reaching global’. The summit featured […]

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The Australia-Indonesia Centre is seeking stories of innovative, collaborative research

The Australia-Indonesia Centre is seeking stories of innovative, collaborative research

July 10, 2016

The Australia-Indonesia Centre is seeking stories of innovative and exciting research between the two nations to share online and publish. The Centre has commissioned a collection of short innovation stories about research in and by Australians and Indonesians. We aim to feature high profile projects such as Eliminate Dengue, rotavirus vaccine trials, and the discovery of Flores […]

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Designing the coolest and most efficient tropical houses

Designing the coolest and most efficient tropical houses

June 30, 2016

Traditional buildings in Indonesia make use of ‘passive’ cooling techniques. Being well ventilated, raised off the ground, and with shady verandas, their design allows them to stay cool in a tropical climate without air conditioning. The classic timber ‘Queenslander’ house also follows a similar design. Now architects and engineers from both countries are getting together […]

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Designing the coolest and most efficient tropical houses

Designing the coolest and most efficient tropical houses

June 30, 2016

Traditional buildings in Indonesia make use of ‘passive’ cooling techniques. Being well ventilated, raised off the ground, and with shady verandas, their design allows them to stay cool in a tropical climate without air conditioning. The classic timber ‘Queenslander’ house also follows a similar design. Now architects and engineers from both countries are getting together […]

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Indonesian, Australian leaders connect

Indonesian, Australian leaders connect

June 9, 2016

  Some of Indonesia’s most progressive and inspirational leaders in the fields of diplomacy, trade, energy, academia, think-tanks and community service have demonstrated why their nation is one of the most dynamic emerging markets.   The leaders – taking part in the Australia-Indonesia Centre’s (AIC’s) third Australia-Indonesia Leaders Program in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne in the […]

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Dr William Sabandar reveals Indonesia’s “ambitious” renewable energy targets

Dr William Sabandar reveals Indonesia’s “ambitious” renewable energy targets

May 24, 2016

Senior Advisor on Renewable Energy to the Indonesian government, Dr William Sabandar, reveals bold 2025 targets at a VIP dinner for the Australia-Indonesia Leaders Program. At the 6-star energy-efficient ANZ building in Docklands, Melbourne, Dr Sabandar addressed delegates, researchers and VIPs about a revolutionary nine-year energy plan for Indonesia. He said of the four sources where Indonesia currently draws its […]

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Energy and Infrastructure Tactical Research Project proposals now open

Energy and Infrastructure Tactical Research Project proposals now open

May 8, 2016

The Australia-Indonesia Centre is offering up to $100,000 funding for individual Tactical Research Projects in the Energy and Infrastructure clusters. Australian and Indonesian researchers are invited to collaborate on proposals for Tactical Research Projects in the areas of Energy and Infrastructure during this new round of funding. Each project proposal should be to the value […]

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Maintaining innovation or innovating maintenance?

Maintaining innovation or innovating maintenance?

April 22, 2016 By Dr Richard Price

With each visit to Indonesia I am everywhere reminded of a growing dichotomy between the demand for innovation and the demand for maintenance. My memories of my latest trip to Indonesia (April 2016) were shaped as much by the hours spent in traffic and twisting ankles traversing uneven and decaying pathways as they were by […]

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Australia’s energy future lies across the Timor Sea

Australia’s energy future lies across the Timor Sea

April 15, 2016 By Ariel Liebman

Given the somewhat gloomy outlook for Australia’s energy industry’s growth prospects, Australians might be surprised to learn that there are domestic energy markets in the region that, unlike Australia’s, are not in stagnation. This is particularly relevant to the Australian electricity industry. While traditional growth opportunities for the electricity industry in Australia, as well as […]

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Ainun Na’im appointed to the Australia-Indonesia Centre Board 

Ainun Na’im appointed to the Australia-Indonesia Centre Board 

March 11, 2016

The Australia-Indonesia Centre is proud to announce the appointment of Indonesia’s Secretary General of the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Ainun Na’im, to its Board. Pak Ainun Na’im will bring a wealth of experience from the Indonesian higher education and innovation sectors. He was appointed to the position of Secretary General of the then […]

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Indonesia launches Centre of Excellence for Clean Energy

Indonesia launches Centre of Excellence for Clean Energy

February 11, 2016

Australia-Indonesia Centre representatives attend the launch of Indonesia’s new Centre of Excellence for Clean Energy in Nusa Dua, Bali, and a two-day international Clean Energy Forum. Over 1000 representatives from over 30 countries, and approximately 100 exhibitors, have come together at the Clean Energy Forum on February 11 and 12. The theme of the forum […]

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Power to the people

Power to the people

February 11, 2016

Today the Indonesian Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, Sudirman Said, will open the Indonesian Clean Energy Centre of Excellence in Bali, with Australia to be an important partner in the Centre’s new activities. In support of the opening the Australia Indonesia Centre announced the signing of an MoU and the commencement of a suite […]

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Power to the islands

Power to the islands

February 11, 2016

Over sixty-five million Indonesians live off the grid. But what does that mean in the era of micro-grids, batteries and efficient solar panels? And how do communities change with 24/7 energy? Providing reliable electric power is one of the keys to unlocking the potential of the remote islands and landlocked areas of Indonesia and of […]

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