FTUB Student Creates Biofuel Purification Technology Integrated Internet of Things (IoT)
Today, the world is experiencing an oil crisis as the annual consumption of oil continues to increase. The Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Arifin Tasrif said that in January 2021, oil reserves will run out in another 9.5 years.
Five Faculty of Engineering Universitas Brawijaya (FTUB) students University consisting of Nabila Oktavia, Kautsar Ali, Meta Ayu F. D., Dimpos F. X. Pasaribu, and Micko Wijayanto, under the guidance of Ir. Bambang Poerwadi, MS succeeded in creating a purification tool for biofuel (bioethanol).
Bioethanol is a biofuel that in its implementation is required to be anhydrous or pure and free of water. The innovation of this Biofuel Purification Tool uses the pervaporation method using a zeolite nanoparticle membrane.
In addition to the ability of zeolite in the separation process between water and ethanol, the availability of zeolite is very abundant. In Indonesia alone, zeolite deposits were recorded in 20 locations with a total resource of 447,490,160 tons and spread over various provinces such as West Java, Lampung, East Nusa Tenggara, South Sulawesi, and North Sumatra.
The world is also experiencing the industrial revolution 4.0. Where these conditions require a change or progress by integrating industry with existing technology.
In the demands of the industrial revolution 4.0 program, each element is required to form a foundation that is globally competitive. The application of IoT (Internet of Things) is one part of the innovation in the application of the industrial revolution 4.0.
This bioethanol dehydration tool is also integrated with IoT to make it easier for users to monitor the temperature, levels, and circulation system for bioethanol that has not yet reached the fuel grade state.
Tool users can easily control and monitor the tool anytime and anywhere. Because the levels and temperatures of bioethanol will be automatically read on the website that has been created by the five students.
This bioethanol or biofuel purification tool has succeeded in obtaining research funding from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia in the field of PKM Karsa Cipta in 2022 with the title Bioethanol Dehydration Tool Using IoT-based Nanoparticle Zeolite Membrane.