Posted in 7 February 2018, by Mic, kategori News

WhatsApp Image 2018-02-06 at 16.37.29Biop-mac (Biogas Purification Machine) team from Faculty of Engineering Universitas Brawijaya (FTUB) won achievement at Bangkok International Intellectual Property, Invention, Innovation, and Technology Exposition (IPITEX) 2018. The team successfully brought home the Silver Medal and Special Award from Taiwan with innovation in the field of sustainable energy.

Led by Muhammad Husni Mubarok (Mechanical Engineering 2015), Shanda Ismaya (Mechanical Engineering 2016), Pranaya Arya Satya (Animal Husbandry 2015), Dewi Mulia Sari (Animal Husbandry 2014), and Rinda Dwi Lestari (Animal Husbandry 2014) all teams stays in Bangkok to present their work on 2-6 February 2018.

Under the guidance of Prof.Dr.Ir. Mochammad Junus, MS, the Biop-mac team competes with 500 other teams. They are high school students, college students, lecturers, researchers, and all inventors/innovators from 20 countries across the continent. Among others; Indonesia, Malaysia, Arab Emirates, Poland, Korea, Philippines, and Taiwan.

The innovation is focusing on the efficiency and purification of biogas fuels. Biogas is indeed one source of renewable energy which has high potential, especially in Indonesia for it has so many cattle ranchers. However, the use of biogas in Indonesia is mostly only used for cooking purposes, this is because the biogas in addition to containing methane gas (CH4) still contains impurity gases (H2S, CO2, etc.). Whereas if impurity gases can be reduced or eliminated then biogas potential can be used as fuel generator to produce electricity.

Research on purification of biogas that had been done before is using zeolite, potassium hydroxide, and other materials but still have shortcomings. The team therefore created the Biop-mac as a biogas purification tool. The main material is environmentally friendly and easy to get tile powder to remove impurity gases in biogas. Our results show that methane gas (CH4) contained in biogas initially only 60% rose to 92%.

Asked about future plans for the development of biop-mac, Muhammad Husni Mubarok expressed his hope to develop this research.

“We hope to continue developing Biop-mac until it can be used for cattle ranchers in Indonesia, and hopefully use it as fuel for car engines, motors or generators to generate electricity,” he said.

Representing his team, Husni also expressed his gratitude to Dr. Eng. Denny Widhiyanuriyawan, ST., MT. as Vice Dean of for Student Affairs of FTUB, Ir. Djarot B. Darmadi, MT., Ph.D. as the Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Prof.Dr.Ir. Mochammad Junus, MS. who has provided support and motivation to the Biop-mac team to keep growing.

“This research is also in line with the community service unit of FTUB, especially biogas that has been spread in dozens of assisted villages, hopefully, this research can be continued in order to synergize with each other,” said Dr.Eng Denny when met at his office, Wednesday (7/Feb/2018). (emis/mic)

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