Picture 1. International Student Energy Summit (SES) 2019 Documentations
As one of the energy research center in Indonesia, PYC aimed to participate actively in the energy program on a global scale. International Student Energy Summit (SES) is a biennial event held by Student Energy which empowering young generations who have the willingness to accelerate the energy transition for sustainable future. In 2015, started by Prof. Purnomo Yusgiantoro’s initiation as the advisory board, SES was held in Bali, Indonesia.
This year, Prof. Purnomo Yusgiantoro was invited as a plenary speaker on the “Diversity as a Key: Unlocking Sustainable Future.” The event was held at Imperial College London on July 17-20, 2019 and attended by more than 700 students and young professionals from around the world. Along with Prof. Purnomo Yusgiantoro, PYC also sent three delegates to attend the SES; there were Massita Ayu Cindy and Diwangkara Bagus Nugraha as PYC’s researcher as well as Muhammad Indra al Irsyad as the winner of PYC’s Paper Competition. There were also another 11 Indonesia’s delegates joined in the SES event representing various institutions.
The event was brought various programs such as plenary session, student presentations, innovation jam, poster presentation, and workshop to facilitate discussions between delegates and wider their perspective regarding energy issues worldwide. One of the most important factors that should be considered in the energy transition is the affordability of the energy price, especially for developing countries. While it is important to force clean energy as the primary goal for sustainable future, there are people, based on Maslow Theory, who still struggle to afford basic needs such as food, water, warmth and rest. At this stage, it is almost impossible to put a sustainable energy consideration on their daily activities. In this regard, fossil energy will likely still dominating global energy mix in the future since it is the cheapest energy source due to the mature technology compared to renewable energy. Although some renewable energy costs keep decreasing, for instance, solar and wind power generator, they are highly dependent on the specific potential of an area and face an intermittency problem. Thus, it is essential to carefully design an inclusive energy transition where everyone, regardless of their location, income, race, gender, and background to access clean energy easily.