“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

High-Tech Reverse Osmosis Water Plant on Its Way to Riau Islands, Ministry Says

Jakarta Globe, July 28, 2012

Water vendors fill up jerry cans in Madura, East Java. The water comes
from a plant that uses reverse osmosis. (JG Photo/Safir Makki)
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The national government is planning to build a plant to convert seawater into drinking water using reverse osmosis technology in Tanjung Pinang, Riau Islands, an official said on Friday.

The plant will have a clean water production capacity of 50 liters per second, said Danny Sutjiono, director for drinking water development at the Public Works Ministry.

“This is estimated to be able to meet the demand for 40,000 customers at a tariff of around Rp 8,000 to Rp 9,000 per cubic meter per second,” Danny said.

Danny said the project was now in the tender phase for construction. He said that he hoped a contract could be signed in October and that construction could start immediately thereafter.

“I hope the project will be operational at the end of 2013,” he added.

Reverse osmosis is expensive. Danny said the investment needed for the Riau Islands project was four times what freshwater projects of a similar scale would cost.

The Public Works Ministry said it would allocate Rp 40 billion ($4.24 million) to build the plant.

The winner of the tender must not only construct the physical facility but also operate the plant and build the necessary distribution pipeline network, Danny said.

“They will have to handle the construction process and the provision of water. All we want is for the seawater to be processed into drinking water and channeled to the houses,” he said.

The ministry has already built one reverse osmosis plant, on Mandangin island in Sampang, East Java, off the coast of the larger Madura island.

That plant has a similar production capacity to that of the proposed Riau Islands facility. After the Mandangin plant is officially inaugurated by Public Works Minister Djoko Kirmanto in early August, it will serve an estimated 20,000 people.

That plant’s water sells for Rp 12,000 per cubic meter per second, Danny said.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Local, Chinese Firms Propose Solar Plant Costing $200m

Jakarta Globe, July 19, 2012

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Chinese state company Shanghai Aerospace Automobile Electromechanical and a local solar panel firm, Basel Investindo, have announced plans to build a 200 megawatt solar power plant, with a total investment of $200 million.

The president director of Basel Investindo, Edwin Henawan Soekowati, said Indonesia should be one of the countries with the most potential to utilize solar power, thanks to its tropical climate.

He said Indonesia should be serious in developing renewable energy such as solar power as its oil reserves dwindle.

“Indonesia is now a net importer of oil. Looking forward, fossil fuel is getting more expensive. Now the government is chasing coal, but that will also run out one day. That’s why solar panel technology must be developed,” Edwin said.

He said Basel and SAAE had signed a memorandum of understanding with the directorate general for renewable energy at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry. The signing was done at a renewable energy exhibition in Jakarta.

“The Chinese state company has expertise in making solar panels ... this kind of technology suits the need of Indonesia’s rural areas, which have not yet been touched by electricity,” he said.

The $600 million plant will be built in Indonesia’s eastern region.

Edwin admitted that the cost of building a solar-powered plant was more expensive than a coal-fired power plant. He said it would cost $3 million per megawatt of electricity capacity generated from solar panels, while using coal only costs $1.5 million per megawatt.

However, he argued that solar panels were cheaper to maintain.

Apart from Basel, Sharp, Samsung and Infinity are also developing solar panel technology in Indonesia.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

VP opens renewable energy conference 2012

The Jakarta Post, Rabby Pramudatama, Jakarta, July 17 2012

Boediono: (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

Vice President Boediono kicked off the 2012 Indonesia Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation conference and exhibition at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) on Tuesday.

The event, which was initiated by the Indonesian Renewable Energy Society (METI) and is supported by the government, is open to the public from July 17 to 19.

“The technologies for developing renewable energy have been advancing rapidly. They have also become much more economic. We are lucky to have such diverse sources of energy ... that we can rely on in the future,” Boediono said at the opening ceremony.

He said it was important to synchronize political, economic and environmental aspects to support the development of the country’s renewable energy and energy conservation policies.

Aside from the conference, as many as 75 international and local companies working in the energy field are participating in the event to showcase their products and achievements in renewable energy innovation. (iwa)

Monday, July 16, 2012

National Electric Car Can Begin Mass Production in 2013: Dahlan

Jakarta Globe, July 16, 2012

Depok Mayor Nurmahmudi Ismail, in the driver’s seat, tests an electric
 car on Jatimulya in Depok in West Java, on Friday. The car, which was
 invented by Depok resident Dasep Ahmadi, reportedly runs 150 kilometers,
 or between four and five hours on a single charge. (Antara Photo/Indrianto
Eko Suwarso)

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State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan said on Monday that the country can begin mass production of the national electric car as early as next year after doing a test drive of its prototype on Monday. 

“If the infrastructure is ready, we can start mass producing the car with a capacity of 5,000 units per year,” he claimed. 

The minister drove the prototype of the Ahmadi Mesin 5.0 electric car, which was named after its maker Dasep Ahmadi, 48 kilometers from its garage at Jati Mulya, on the outskirts of Jakarta, to the Research and Technology Ministry building on Jalan Thamrin in Central Jakarta. 

The prototype so far only has a local police road certificate since regulations on taxes and registrations for electric vehicles, which do not fall under existing categories, have yet to be put in place.

Dahlan said President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has already instructed the ministers for industry, research and technology and trade to work on the necessary regulations. 

“Within the next three months, there should be a clear technical guide for commercial regulations, so that the car can be mass produced,” Dahlan said. 

Besides Ahmadi’s electric car, there are four other versions in the final stages of completion under the minibus, city car and sports car categories.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Indonesia 's PIP allocates Rp1.8 trillion for geothermal investment

Antara News, Sat, July 14 2012

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Government investment agency Pusat Investasi Pemerintah (PIP) has allocated around US$192 million for investment in the geothermal sector in the second semester this year, PIP chief Soritaon Siregar said.

"A total of US$132 million of the funds will be for exploitation activities and US$60 million for two projects now still under exploration," he said in Banten on Saturday.

He said the investment for geothermal projects is indeed huge because the government is striving to increase electricity supply from renewable sources.

On the other hand, he said, the geothermal investment is also risky as only three out of ten explorations could be continued to a exploitation stage.

In view of that it is difficult to expect private parties to develop the business by themselves, he said.

"To reduce risks PIP is now setting up a team of the best consultants in the world hailing from Japan, Norway, Australia and the US," he said.

They will be assigned to appoint technical, legal and financial consultants and supervisors to analyze the investment risks seen from various fields.

Regarding mini hydro-power projects (PLTMH) PIP meanwhile has allocated around Rp649 billion distributed to 29 applicants for investment loans, he said.

"All the applicants for the PLTMH projects are private because the value of the project is too small to be carried out a state-owned enterprise," he said.

He said the PLTMH projects are located in Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi.

Besides geothermal and PLTMH projects PIP also plans in the second semestet to purchase securities worth Rp1.5 trillion and carry out a public-private partnership project worth Rp100 billion.

Total funds provided for investment in the same year is Rp13.280 trillion.

Editor: Suryanto

Friday, July 13, 2012

Indonesia, Germany team on geothermal energy

Deutsche Welle, 12 July 2012

Indonesia is said to have the world's largest geothermal energy reserves but their potential remains mostly untapped. That could soon change with German know-how.

With 240 million people, Indonesia is the biggest and fastest growing market in Southeast Asia. And as the country's economy grows, so, too, does its demand for electricity.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is a self-acclaimed fan of "green energy." In a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her recent visit to Indonesia, Yudhoyono talked about one of his major goals: to give greater focus to alternative energy resources such as wind, solar and, in particular, geothermal heat.

Untapped resources

Volcanic areas, like Indonesia, are a rich source of geothermal energy. The island nation is situated on the so-called "Ring of Fire" volcanic belt, which encircles the Pacific Ocean, accounting for 40 percent of the world's geothermal reserves - more than any other country. 

Indonesia lies in Pacific's volcanic
'Ring of Fire'
The government has pinpointed 250 locations where geothermal energy can be produced, including Seulawah on Sumatra, Ijen on Java and Tomohon on Sulawesi. Today, just 15 geothermal plants are in operation, with the last one going live in 1997.

Not all geothermal fields, however, are suited for commercial energy use because they don't have the right temperature, pressure or permeability.

"With geophysical, geochemical and geological tests, you try to get a picture of what it looks like inside the Earth," says Thorsten Schneider from Germany's KfW Entwicklungsbank in Jakarta.

After the test, drilling begins, representing a huge financial risk, according to Schneider. "A typical drilling costs between 3 and 5 million US dollars," he says. "And if you find nothing, the money is gone."

Expensive undertaking

Building a geothermal power plant is an expensive undertaking. Its costs are estimated to be two to three times more than that of a coal power facility, according to Schneider. 

Volcanic areas are ideal sites for
geothermal energy plants
In addition to costs, Indonesia's excessive bureaucracy, tough regulations and strict government price controls add to the challenges. So the country, concedes Schneider, "has a bit of a problem at the moment."

Most of the geothermal power plants in operation in Indonesia today are run by the state-owned natural gas and oil company PT Pertamina.

But in a move to tap into the country's vast geothermal reserves, the Indonesian government has opened the doors to foreign investment and know-how.

German money and know-how

Today, Germany is one of the biggest supporters, together with Japan, Australia and the US. The German government has earmarked 300 million euros in aid. 

Although Germany is not a "volcanic country," it has extensive geothermal expertise, admits Professor Ernst Huenges from the German Research Center for Geosciences in Potsdam.

"Currently in Indonesia, only geothermal steam is used," he says. "In Germany, by comparison, we're also able to utilize the energy from hot water" to significantly increase power production "by as much as 60 gigawatts."

'Demanding target'

Potential business opportunities also exist for German companies, points out KfW's Schneider. "Building power plants, with all the electronics and other technical equipment involved, is certainly of interest to German businesses," he says.

Merkel and Yudhoyono have agreed to collaborate in increasing Indonesia's share of renewable energies to 25 percent by 2015.

Schneider calls the target "utopian." Merkel, on the other hand, prefers more diplomatic language, referring to the agreement as a "demanding target," which Germany can help Indonesia achieve.

Few will disagree, however, that there is plenty of work to be done - and some risk involved - if Indonesia wants to tap its vast reservoirs of geothermal energy deep down.

Author: Monika Griebeler / jrb

Friday, July 06, 2012

Geothermal Power Could Help Bridge Indonesia's Energy Gap: WWF

Jakarta Globe, Fidelis E. Satriastanti,  July 06, 2012

An employee of Indonesia Power walks near a thermal pipe at Kamojang
 geothermal power plant near Garut, in Indonesia's West Java province in this
 file photo. Indonesia invested in green energy like geothermal power at a greater
rate than G20 countries like the United States, India and Japan. (Reuters Photo)

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WWF Indonesia launched a report on Thursday which mapped out the country’s geothermal resources in a bid to promote the use of alternative energy sources.

The report, titled “Igniting the Ring of Fire: A Vision to Develop Indonesia’s Geothermal Power,” said Indonesia had the world’s biggest geothermal potential as the country sat on the world’s most active volcanic belt, the Ring of Fire, which frames the Pacific Ocean.

There could be up to 29 gigawatts of electricity produced if Indonesia was into tap all of its geothermal resources, the report said.

That is more than enough energy to fulfil the needs of two of Indonesia’s most populated islands, Java and Bali, where demand peaked in April at 20.1 gigawatts.

Currently, Indonesia only uses 1.2 gigawatts of geothermal power, the environment group said.

“The WWF, globally, has launched a mission of 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. It is an ambitious mission but hopefully serves as an inspiration. [The] Ring of Fire [project] wants [to accomplish] that mission,” WWF project coordinator Indra Sari Wardhani said.

Indra said that Indonesia must harness geothermal energy by not overlooking environmental, social and economic impacts as well as the capacity of the regional administrations and local residents.

“Challenges for developing geothermal [power] start with regulation and governance. In terms of regulation, there is an overlap between geothermal areas and forest areas,” the WWF coordinator said. “Ways need to be found so forest conservation is not sacrificed. There needs to be best practices [of geothermal harvesting] which can serve as benchmarks.”

The government has said it wants 25 percent of power used in the country to come from renewable energy sources and a 25 percent drop in carbon emissions by 2025. But the WWF said Indonesia could exceed that by harnessing geothermal energy, which now only contributes 1 percent of the country’s energy needs.

Last month, Energy Minister Jero Wacik said the government planned to directly award more concessions to companies to speed up the sector’s development.

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Indonesia pursues wind power

UPI, July 5, 2012

UPI File Photo/Pat Benic

JAKARTA, July 5 (UPI) -- Indonesia is investing in wind power to cut its import bills of fossil fuels.

State utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara Director Nur Pamudji said his company is eager to see the country's second large-scale wind farm begin operations by the end of 2013.

UPC Renewables Indonesia and Binatek Reka Energi are constructing the $100 million, 50-megawatt wind farm off the coast of Samas in Yogyakarta, which will house 16 to 33 turbines.

Pamudji said, "This will be Indonesia's second wind farm after the one in Sukabumi. It will be the largest. UPC Renewables will study the investment plan and come up with a price. Then we will sign power-purchase agreement," the Jakarta Globe reported Wednesday.

Pamudji added PLN is interested in purchasing electricity from the UPC Renewables Samas wind farm because it would save billions of dollars that would otherwise be spent on costlier fuel imports.

Binatek Reka Energi Director Erwin Jahja said, "This wind power project is safe for the community and will help Indonesia achieve its target for the use of clean energy."