Located in the biggest archipelago in the world, Indonesia’s coastal communities depend on marine livelihoods. Their dispersed residential pattern makes access to the national grid expensive and difficult, and most fishing platforms are powered by noisy, polluting diesel generators. Although there is ample opportunity to electrify rural areas by using off-grid renewable energy systems, Indonesia doesn’t have regulations to promote them.
New Energy Nexus Indonesia helped develop ocean a wave energy converter technology called Pendulum, led by a female entrepreneur in Java. The Pendulum technology produces electricity for hard-reach offshore fishing platforms, helping fishermen and coastal communities living on isolated islands to have access to clean, affordable energy.
The first Pendulum prototype was built in about 10 months during the COVID-19 lockdown, and based on recent testing, Pendulum will make a major design improvement to the second prototype to minimize the effects of rolling and heaving motion, further increasing energy production. Plans are now in the works to introduce the technology through two pilot installations in Java.
Supporting the work of New Energy Nexus in Indonesia will help Pendulum finalize its design and build and install in two different locations along the Javan coast, targeting users of offshore fishing platforms. This philanthropic investment can help create a viable business, tacking a particularly challenging region for energy decarbonization. Long term, technologies like Pendulum can help to prevent the expansion of oil & gas in pristine ecosystems.