The Indonesian government is committed to providing energy to all citizens by 2020. It isn’t going to be easy for a 5,150km-long archipelago where more than 65 million people, many in remote communities, currently go without. An Australia-Indonesia Centre project is working to identify the opportunities and challenges in meeting the real needs of these communities.
Technology alone won’t deliver. The solutions will need to be tailored to community aspirations, and be resilient so they keep working when the engineers go home.
Dr Sebastian Thomas of the Sustainability Science Lab at the University of Melbourne discusses his work on the Indonesian island of Morotai, in partnership with Institut Teknologi Bandung and researchers from Monash University and Paramadina University.