Run Again in The New Normal – Bangkok 2020

Prior COVID-19 Pandemic

Beside my life as an engineer, I used to spend my weekend with jogging.

I am not an athlete. I am just a recreational jogger.

My last race was in the North Face Challenge 100 2020 for 25 km race.

That was my first 25 km race. Honestly, I was afraid at that time since I did not prepare well.

After my mother passed away on November 2, 2019, I did not exercise anymore.

Losing my spirit for a few months, I realised that life must go on.

I started exercising again on January 2020 and on February 1, 2020 was the race.

Thanks to God, I could survive running 25 km.

During COVID-19 Pandemic

After joining race on February 2020, I took a break for my body recovery.

My next race is Columbia Trail Masters 2020 for 25 km.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic especially around March to May 2020, every people had to limit their contact and mobilities in Thailand as Thai Government regulation.

The public park was closed and there was curfew.

Fortunately, the COVID-19 condition has got better in Thailand since June 2020.

The public parks have been opened since last month.

Location: Chatuchak Park, Bangkok

Today, July 05, 2020, I start run again in the public park. My body needs to be adapted again. However, I have a faith I can survive for the next race.

Wish me luck on 25 km race August 2, 2020 Columbia Trail Masters 2020.

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Prospect & Challenge of Renewable Energy in Sulawesi, Indonesia

First of all, all of us know that non-renewable energy is more stable than renewable energy one.

But, just give a chance by providing better regulation, infrastructure, and more promotion.

From the point of view of a business, everything must has a profit.

Renewable energy main issue is a longer return of investment compared with non-renewable energy.

This might be true because some renewable energy like solar farm and wind farm are variable type of renewable energy.

The output energy from a variable type of renewable energy is not constant due to environmental conditions such as weather, solar irradiation, wind velocity, etc.

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WEBINAR – “Prospect, Challenge and Technology of Renewable Energy”

I just attended Webinar Prospect, Challenge and Technology of Renewable Energy Today July 04, 2020 held by @reformazi98 , which is an alumni group of Universitas Hasanuddin (UNHAS) Year 1998. Even I am not from UNHAS, thanks to their kindness, I can attend this webinar.

The first speaker is Ir. Habibie Razak, ACPE., ASEAN Eng., Secretary of PII Learning Center and Director Energy & Infrastructure PT. BlueVisions Indonesia.

He mentioned that there are challenges faced by developers and there is also an opportunity for practicing engineers.

As we can see in his presentation above, renewable energy surely can create opportunities for several parties or stakeholders which leading to Indonesian development in the long run.

Renewable energy is challenging. So that is why engineer is required and there is a lot of area of an engineer to practice and to participate in many ways.

An engineer can give service as Consultant, EPC Contractor, O&M Contractor, Owner, or Regulator.

However, to implement the work with high quality standard, an engineer shall have set of key competencies.

Therefore, a good engineer shall have a set of key competencies, such as entrepreneurship, leadership & communication, technical specialization, English, presentation skills, and teamwork & cooperation.

Another speaker is Nurdin Pabi, ST. He is a Senior Manager of Operational System of PT. PLN (Persero) Unit Induk Pembangkitan dan Penyaluran Sulawesi.

Mr. Nurdin shared to us about the challenge of renewable energy in term of reliability.

Renewable energy, such as solar and wind are abundant but they are not stable and has variability.

Since the power supply is required consistency to maintain the frequency, the on-grid variable renewable energy needs a spinning reserve from the PLN grid.

Therefore, there are four ways to mitigate this issue, such as ancillary service, power curtailment, accurate intermittent forecast, and deviation standard between forecast and actual load.

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From this webinar, I understand that to develop renewable energy it is required a good feasibility study and good local regulation.

A good feasibility study is to achieve a faster return of investment and maintain profit for long-run operation.

A good local regulation is to maintain stakeholders and to attract investment which can improve not only Indonesia’s economy but also Indonesia’s human power resources by knowledge transfer from the renewable energy project.

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