from the Chairperson of Purnomo Yusgiantoro Center

In the 3rd quarter of 2017, Purnomo Yusgiantoro Center (PYC) conducted a series of insightful events, which build upon PYC vision to serve as a leading research center in energy and natural resources in Indonesia.

A research collaboration with the Indonesia Defense University (UNHAN) has its purpose to assess seabed maritime infrastructures and national security in the Natuna Sea of Indonesia. Several FGDs and a field research were carried on in the past few months to construct a sound policy recommendation for stakeholders. Results are expected to be presented at a seminar in front of stakeholders this month.

PYC also initiated the very first knowledge sharing session. The first theme of this session is the development of geothermal in Indonesia. The potential of geothermal as an alternative renewable energy source is immense. Participants with various academic backgrounds attended this session and new insights and profound ideas are discussed. We has also put on schedule for another round of Knowledge Sharing Series in the next quarter.

We also would like to congratulate the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources for their 72nd anniversary on September 26, 2017. Its anniversary was celebrated through consecutive events in September 2017, and PYC took a part as a participant in the Mining and Energy Expo 2017. This event aims to strengthen government policy in energy and mining sector and to seek solutions to improve the investment climate in Indonesia. PYC displays its first booth in the exhibition and received many visitors who are interested in knowing PYC and its work.

In addition to new events being organized for this quarter, we continue to proceed one of our successful social initiatives; the Junior Chess Championship. The championship is to celebrate Indonesia Independence Day and to provide a channel for junior chess participants to compete in a fair way. This year is the 2nd year for PYC to hold the Junior Chess Championship. We were overwhelmed by positive responses from participants last year, so we decided to increase the age group participants from U7 to U9. Again, the event was successful with 75 junior participants from across Indonesia to compete for this year’s champion.

We also look forward to having our first international conference for the upcoming month in November. The event will be PYC International Energy Conference (IEC) 2017, with the theme of “The Future of Sustainable Energy in Developing Countries”. Distinguished speakers will attend the plenary session to provide a comprehensive picture of how important sustainability is for developing countries, especially in the energy sector. Reviewers are also now in the process of assessing selected abstracts/papers in order to ensure a high-quality paper is presented in the conference. For those who are new or not in the energy sector, we provide opportunities for them to join three competitions: photo competition, infographic competition, and essay competition. More information about this conference and competitions are available at the conference website: www.pyc-conferences.org.

Lastly, we hope to have more research collaborations with universities and other research institutions. We strive for excellence and always uphold integrity in doing what we do in our work. We also welcome fresh ideas as it is better for “two heads than one”.





From left to right: Deputy Minister of Finance, Mr. Mardiasmo; Head of the Investment Coordinating Board, Mr. Thomas Lembong; Minister of Industry, Mr. Airlangga Hartarto; Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Ignasius Jonan; Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Archandra Tahar; Founder of PYC, Prof. Purnomo Yusgiantoro, and the Organizing Committee Chairperson, Mr. Ananda Idris

The Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Ignasius Jonan, inaugurated Pertambangan dan Energi Expo 2017 (Mining and Energy Expo 2017) as a celebration of the Ministry’s 72nd anniversary on September 26th, 2017. The theme selected for this event is “Justice for People’s Welfare and Sustainable Investment”.

The Mining and Energy Expo 2017 was attended by some high-ranking government officials, namely the Minister of Industry, Mr. Airlangga Hartarto; Head of the Investment Coordinating Board, Mr. Thomas Lembong; Deputy Minister of Finance, Mr. Mardiasmo; Deputy Minister of ESDM, Mr. Archandra Tahar. It was also attended by the Founder of PYC, Prof. Purnomo Yusgiantoro, and the Organizing Committee Chairperson, Mr. Ananda Idris. The event also carried out the launch of an online coal monitoring application and a book titled on “The Potential of Geothermal in Indonesia Volume 1 and 2 (Potensi Panas Bumi di Indonesia Volume 1 and 2)”.

The event took place in two forms; the exhibition and a seminar. The exhibition is attended by various companies in Indonesia that engaged in mining and energy sector. The only think tank specialized in energy and natural resources in the exhibition, Purnomo Yusgiantoro Center (PYC), has also participated in the event.

As for seminar, there were five in-depth discussion panels highlighting the sub-theme of (1) Renewable Energy and Conservation Energy, (2) Mineral and Coal, (3) Oil and Gas, (4) Electricity, and (5) Cross-Sectoral and Higher Education.

Discussions concerned on various strategies, policies, and governance, as well as development efforts and strengthening coordination between the central government, the local government, and stakeholders. The event is expected to strengthen government policies for all parties in energy and mining sector and to get breakthrough efforts to improve the investment climate in Indonesia. Materials and summary from the seminar will be wrapped into a seminar proceeding which will be published by PYC.

A Research Collaboration between Purnomo Yusgiantoro Center (PYC) and Indonesia Defense University (UNHAN):

“The Impact of Seabed Maritime Infrastructure in

Natuna Sea of Indonesia on The National Security”

The collaborative research between Purnomo Yusgiantoro Center (PYC) and Indonesia Defense University (IDU) went through consecutive events including several Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and a field research since August 2017. The research has its focus based on a micro analysis on the maritime infrastructures in Natuna Sea of Indonesia. Seabed maritime infrastructures defined here is specified into five components; seabed gas/oil pipe, seabed optic cable, jack-up vessel platform, buoy, and seabed sonar. The research team collected field data and interviews, and analyses on how these maritime infrastructures affect the prosperity and welfare of local residents.

The last FGD was held in Batam on August 2017. Hosted by a triple collaboration between Indonesia Defense University (UNHAN), University of Maritim Raja Ali Haji (UMRAH) and Purnomo Yusgiantoro Center (PYC), the FGD marched on with a larger reach of audiences as well as a more specific set of talks around the research topic. Prof. Purnomo Yusgiantoro, stood on his role as the steering committee of the research, emphasizing the message of the necessity on staying on track and continuing to narrow down the scope of study as the progress goes on. The research is expected to figure out and put together solutions to answer issues comprehensively as a future recommendation on what to do in the future. Suggestions on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and a closer engagement with local stakeholders to foster the balance of prosperity and security were some inputs Prof. Purnomo has also stated in one of his remarks in a discussion.


Knowledge Sharing Session:

"The Geothermal Development in Indonesia"

In manifesting the goals of knowledge provision, Purnomo Yusgiantoro Center (PYC) conducted its first ever edition of Knowledge Sharing Series with the geothermal energy at the heart of the conversation. Taking place in the last week of August 2017, the sharing itself aimed at galvanizing the knowledge exchange among attendants in a casual, informal vibe. The participants are with a multidisciplinary background.

A brief presentation was delivered by Hilman Fathoni, a PYC research team representative, outlining some introductory approach to what the geothermal energy is and how they are classified. The sharing session also hosted the presence of two experts in the geothermal sector, namely Mr. Antonius Bintarto and Mr. Agus Danar, an Indonesian senior who has been working in the geothermal sector for decades. Mr. Antonius Bintarto and Mr. Agus Danar, both emphasized the magnitude of potential Indonesia has in terms of geothermal energy and further elaborated some issues that stall advancement in geothermal energy development. Some notable challenges typically lie on its intensive capital requirement combined with funding deficiency as well as barriers in bureaucracy and the length of field development. Additionally, Mr. Agus Danar also added several insights regarding the solution to the riddle of the geothermal sector, both from the angle of regulatory aspects as well as its economics perspective.

The first session of this initiative undoubtedly saw an amazing cohort of participants with so many yet diverse questions were brought up during the conversation. The demand for another round of Knowledge Sharing Series has also certainly been put on the table and PYC looks forward to seeing new and familiar faces and fresh ideas in our future program.

The 2nd Junior Chess Championship U9

to Win Over The Chess Trophy of Prof. Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Ir., MSc., MA., PhD.

Purnomo Yusgiantoro Center (PYC) celebrates the 72nd Indonesia Independence Day by conducting the 2nd Junior Chess Championship (U9) to win the chess trophy of Prof. Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Ir., MSc., MA., PhD. This is one of social initiatives from PYC as one of its mission. The event took place on Saturday, 12th of August 2017, and it was attended by 76 participants from several regions such as DKI Jakarta, West Java, Banten, Central Java, and the country of Taiwan.

The Deputy Secretary General of the Indonesian Chess Association (PERCASI), Mr. Nanang Surahman Agung Pujalaksana, attended the opening ceremony. In his speech, he said that the PYC Junior Chess Championship is in line with the mission and vision of PERCASI management period 2017-2022. That is in an effort to find new junior champions who have the potency to be the new Grand Master representing Indonesia. The Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Mrs. Filda Yusgiantoro, PhD, stated that PYC increased the age group of participants U7 to U9 due to a positive response to last year’s junior chess in U7. She hope that there will be more supports from companies and government for the same event next year.

Here are the names of the top 10 winners: 1. Samantha Edithso from West Java, 2. Riza Raditya Rieko from DKI Jakarta, 3. Morado Simanjuntak from West Java, 4. Miracle Carang Gesang from Bogor, 5. Frida Nadine Fallencia from West Java, 6. Patrick Purnama from Banten, 7. Maulana from DKI Jakarta, 8. M. Fachri Hussaini from Banten, 9. Ayesha Hafizah Amara Jahidin from West Java, 10. Clementia Adeline from DKI Jakarta.



The Potential of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) in Indonesia

Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) is a method for generating electrical energy by using the temperature difference between the sea and the water near the surface that is used to run a heat engine. Energy efficiency and the strongest energy produced can be generated by the difference in such temperature. Driven by a thermodynamic cycle, the difference in temperature is between the warm surface water (at 26°C or 79°F) and a substantial cold water in the deep sea (at 4°C or 39°F). The temperature difference of 20°C, in general, is between the surface of water (under the sea level) and the depth of 1,000 meters below from the equator of the Earth. The system is capable of changing the temperature difference between different depths and can generate electricity through a generator tool.

OTEC is applicable in Indonesia because it is a country that has an area of ocean larger than the area of land. In addition to that, the country is located in the Equator. Theoretically, Indonesia has potential resources to develop OTEC of 4,247,389 MW, technical resources of 136,669 MW and practical resources of 41,001 MW. 

Figure 1. An overview of the distribution of temperature differences in Indonesia for potential OTEC (Hanan, 2015)

Figure 1 represents the potential area of OTEC in Indonesia, including the Celebes Sea, Banda Sea, East of the Strait of Makassar Strait, Morotai Strait, and some areas in Papua. In my research, I found that the temperature difference in the Java Sea, Borneo, and Sulawesi Waters, can reach to approximately 22-24°C. While in the eastern region in the water of Papua reaches more than 24°C.

Based on a data issued by the Central Research and Development of Marine Geology (2011), the energy potential of OTEC from Indonesia's water can reach to 2.5 x 1023 joules. The conversion efficiency of heat energy with the sea can also reach to 3%, producing a power approximately to 240,000 MW.

In brief, OTEC can be an alternative energy source for Indonesia. Indonesia has a sea cross-flow that is a part of the thermohaline circulation system in the world. This means that it has a system where the country has significant temperature differences between warm ocean surface and cold deep sea to produce energy.

* A brief summary on a research of "Mapping the Potential of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) in Indonesia" by Akhmad Hanan, MSi (Han) (Research Assistant at PYC)


A Testimonial from a PYC Student Ambassador

Purnomo Yusgiantoro Center (PYC) recruited me to be the student ambassador for their upcoming event, PYC International Energy Conference 2017. I also had the privileged to participate as one of representatives for PYC in the exhibition of the Mining and Energy Expo 2017. 

The topic discussed in the Mining and Energy Expo 2017 was relevant to what I am studying right now in my university. So it was such an opportunity for me to be in this prestigious event given that the topic discussed has enriched my knowledge in the energy sector. I also encountered several companies which I never knew before, but I am grateful that some representatives from these companies shared their views and experiences with us in the exhibition.

The Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Ignasius Jonan visited all the booths in the expo, including PYC booth where I was also there on duty. His Deputy, Mr. Arcandra Tahar, also visited PYC booth. Although briefly, both of them provided constructive inputs to support PYC's mission in research. I also looked up to Prof. Purnomo Yusgiantoro as one of my role model as an academician and the founder of PYC. Although I met them for only a short period of time, I was amazed by their humbleness as they share their ideas with others in such an informal manner.

Participating in this event was indeed a memorable moment for me. I believe this event has opened up more opportunities and has provided effective solutions to mitigate problems faced by the mining and energy sector in Indonesia. I thank PYC for giving me a memorable experience to remember.

* The testimonial is based from a PYC student ambassador for PYC International Energy Conference 2017, Ms. Risly Wijanarko (Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Universitas Indonesia)



International Energy Conference (IEC)

hosted by Purnomo Yusgiantoro Center (PYC) at Sari Pan Pacific Hotel, Jakarta on November 30, 2017

Our main theme for this 2017 conference is “The Future of Sustainable Energy in Developing Countries”. This forum provides a platform for academicians, researchers and scientists as well as professionals around the world to exchange ideas in the context of sustainable energy development in particular, for the case of developing countries.



We would like to invite you all to submit your abstract and paper of your project and research related to the following themes:

  • Renewable Energy Investment
  • Innovative and Green Energy Technologies
  • Energy Regulation and Environmental Policy
  • Eradication of Energy Poverty
  • Oil and Gas Development for Sustainable Future
  • Electricity and Energy Storage
  • Energy Security
  • Dynamics and Geopolitics of Energy Transition
  • Energy Forecast and Modelling

Our conference is looking for a very broad coverage of sustainable energy issues and energy system in general; therefore we will not strictly limit our delegate’s input to certain set of themes as listed above. If you have any idea that you feel might not directly pertain to any of provided themes, please kindly email us at conference@purnomoyusgiantorocenter.org with your explanations prior to its submission. We will be very happy to hear from you and address any challenges you might encounter in the submission of your ideas.



There are 3 different competitions available this year: photo competition, infographic competition and essay competition. Other than interesting prize package, winners from each competition will also be invited with free entry to the conference on November. Please be informed that the committee does not provide any accommodation arrangement associated with the conference attendance on November 30 for any winner of the competitions.

As the deadline is drawing near, we would like to invite you all to participate in our call for paper and competitions programs. We are looking forward to receiving your submissions before the deadline on October 16, 2017.

IEC Call for Paper

IEC Photo Competition

IEC Infographic Competition

IEC Essay Competition



We recognize people's distinctive abilities and individual contributions are critical to a successful event. 

We are now taking Volunteers for our upcoming event:

PYC International Energy Conference 2017.

 Be a part of PYC team!


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