If Used Cooking Oil is Converted to Biodiesel, How Much Electricity is Produced? The Student of Universitas Pertamina and His Team Researched

Jakarta – Good news came from Ziyadatulkhair M. Faruqi an environmental engineering student from Universitas Pertamina who presented the results of his team’s research at the 7th Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform (JASTIP) Symposium at ICE BSD Serpong, 24th of October 2019.

JASTIP was first held in 2015 with the aim of achieving collaboration with various stakeholders in ASEAN and Japan for sustainable development. It also acts as a platform to discuss ideas for further developments in the energy and environment sector, biological resources and biodiversity sector, and the disaster prevention sector. This year for the 7th JASTIP Symposium, JASTIP had partnered up with LIPI, JST, ASEAN Center as well as Kyoto University, and had raised the topic of “Biodiversity, Genetic Resources, and Innovative Bioresource Technology-Toward 2025 Sustainable Use of Biodiversity”.

The supervisor from the environmental engineering study program said “This event is also an arena for students to expand their network and do collaborative research or other forms of collaborations, in addition to introducing the students to the world of professionalism and the importance of creating a network of collaboration and multidisciplinary collaboration.”

Initially, Ziyadatulkhair was offered the opportunity from an environmental engineering study program lecturer to work together on research that will be submitted to JASTIP’s symposium. As result, Ziyadatulkhair and the team of lecturers from the environmental engineering study program took up the research topic titled “Estimation of Biodiesel Production From Used Cooking Oil of University Canteen to Support Sustainable Electricity in Universitas Pertamina”. This research is inspired by used cooking oil from the canteen at Universitas Pertamina, and the possibility of it being converted to biodiesel. Based on the research that had been done, if the biodiesel is converted into electricity, it can contribute up to 12% towards the lighting in the rector’s building and can reduce the carbon emissions by 2.2 MTCO2/month. 

Aside from presenting the result of the research, Ziyadatulkhair and his team also had the opportunity to increase their networking for future collaboration. Going forward, the team will submit a full research paper that is planned to be published in the Scopus indexed IOP Conference Proceeding Series.

In the future, there will be more researches that the students can contribute and be involved in. These research papers which will be written in English will train the student’s ability to write and conduct research. This is in accordance with Universitas Pertamina’s vision that is to be a World-Class University, which requires them to master the skill to write in English amongst others.


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