Indonesian scientists at Fraunhofer IPA and ICT
Fraunhofer Battery Alliance supports Indonesia in expanding renewable energy sources
In Indonesia, power supply from renewable energy sources is an expanding field. As the country consists of numerous islands, supply to off-grid areas plays a significant role. It can be achieved using larger energy storage devices storing electricity from photovoltaics, wind and biomass.
However, corresponding training and further education must be available for Indonesian scientists to enable the expansion of the infrastructure and the development of the Indonesian industry. With its technology-oriented social market economy, Germany is an ideal partner for bilateral collaboration in the field of research and development.
To promote technology transfer on these topics, which are also new in Europe, a group of experts consisting of Indonesian researchers and public sector representatives was established. This group participated in a two-week workshop in the beginning of November 2016 at Fraunhofer ICT in Pfinztal and Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart.
A total of 8 institutes from the Battery Alliance contributed their expertise to the two-week workshop, providing a comprehensive insight into the world of energy storage devices. Topics ranged from material development to cell production. Besides the transfer of knowledge, the workshop also focused on implementing the technologies in laboratories or pilot plants. Simulation methods were also examined as a tool for battery design. The Indonesian delegates were interested not only in Li-ion batteries but also in redox-flow batteries, fuel cells and super-capacitors.
The Fraunhofer Battery Alliance's training workshop provided the Indonesian researchers with an excellent basis for supporting their country in planning state energy policies and implementing them on a regional level. The aim is to achieve solid and sustainable economic growth in Indonesia