May 30, 2019

Seminar Report「Off-grid Energy Use and Biomass Energy Utilization in Emerging Southeast Asia」

On Thursday, May 9, 2019, RCAPS welcomed Dr. Andante Hadi Pandyaswargo, who is an Assistant Professor /Lecturer of the Graduate School of Environment and Energy Engineering, Waseda University, and an Alumnae of APU’s IMAT Dual Degree Master Program, to deliver a RCAPS Seminar entitled “Off-grid Energy Use and Biomass Energy Utilization in Emerging Southeast Asia.”

[Report by Associate Prof. MAHICHI, Faezeh (APS) as a Seminar organizer]

A graduate of APU and dual degree IMAT program, Dr. Pandyaswargo Hadi Pandyaswargo was invited by Associate Prof. Faezeh MAHICHI to give a lecture. Dr. Pandyaswargo is currently an Assistant Professor at Graduate School of Environment and Energy Engineering of Waseda University. Her current research is mainly about energy usage in off-grid communities.

Dr. Pandyaswargo talked about a project each in Myanmar and an island in the Philippines, and a growing movement towards using more biomass energy among ASEAN nations. Her research findings revealed how a life without electricity in rural areas are supplied through coals, gasoline, wood, etc. The byproducts of using these sources of energy are soot and carbon monoxide, which are health hazards. Dr. Pandyaswargo carried out a presentation with subsequent answers to questions from the audience. She pointed out that despite of the aid given by Japan’s Ministry of Environment, such assistance was inadequate to supply enough water and energy for cooking. The presentation showed the development aid will not succeed without a commitment to sustaining the project right from the start. It is stressed that the need to involve the local community in decision making and give them a stake in any development project.

Dr. Pandyaswargo (Assistant Professor/Lecturer of the Graduate School of Environment and Energy Engineering, Waseda University)

The Seminar concluded with Dr. Pandyaswargo talking about finding motivation to do research, or more generally to find one’s path in life. She mentioned the importance of Courage, Confidence, and Concentration (taken from the 7 Cs espoused by Dr. Tasuku Honjo, 2018 Nobel Prize Co-Winner). Especially concentration on one’s passion, one’s calling. It is this concentration that made her decide to not to take on the job offers she had upon graduation from APU, and instead to join the IMAT program, because it was more in line with what she has always wanted to do.

The talk has been very interactive and invited many questions from the audiences during and after the talk.

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