Initiate Ideas for Electricity from Waste, IPB University Students Won the National Student Competition in the Field of Business Management and Finance

Three IPB University students won 1st Place in the Operational Management Category in the National Student Competition for Business Management and Finance (KBMK). Joined in a team called Team Kujang, the three students are Shalma Nabila Kamal (Department of Agribusiness-Faculty of Economics and Management), Fahmi Ramadhan (Department of Mechanical Engineering and Biosystems-Faculty of Agricultural Technology) and Tiara Azzahra (Department of Management-Faculty of Economics and Business Management).

KBMK itself is a competition organized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia. The competition is held regularly every year and this year it will be held from 19 April to 16 September 2021.

Shalma said that she knew about the competition from the socialization of the competition organized by the Faculty of Economics and Management of IPB University. In this competition, the Kujang Team initiated an innovative solution to the operational management problem of Sumur Batu PLTSA in Bekasi, which was named Trust in Trash. Trust in Trash is an integrated program consisting of three main programs, namely trust in collaboration, trust in trash application, and trust in society program.

“Trust in Trash is the idea of managing waste to turn it into electricity. The first step is to sort the waste into two groups, dry waste and wet waste. The sorted waste is then put into a waste bank vending machine,” said Shalma.

Garbage that has been put into the vending machine, she continued, will be separated using humidity sensors and measuring instruments. This sensor will sort waste into two categories, namely wet waste and dry waste. The machine will categorize waste as wet waste if the water content in the waste is more than 60%.

According to Fahmi, if the vending machine is full, the system will provide information to the PLTSa through an application to transport the full type of waste to the PLTSa. The garbage truck will transport as much as 2.5 tons of garbage from the machine according to the garbage truck's carrying capacity.
Before entering the PLTSa, he added, the waste will be scanned and weighed to ensure the appropriate amount of incoming waste. Trucks carrying dry waste will put the waste into the gasification system to be burned immediately. While the wet waste will be processed first to reduce the amount of water.

“In addition to processing waste with a gasification process, PLTSa also processes methane gas from the landfill to be used as electricity. The leachate generated from the landfill will be processed first so as not to pollute the soil, ground water, river water, agricultural land, and the air around the Trust in Trash facility,” Tiara added.

From this brilliant idea, the Kujang Team not only won but was also awarded a special award for its robust and balanced technology and business analysis capabilities.

This success certainly can’t be separated from the efforts of Dr. Fryanto, a lecturer at IPB University in assisting during the competition. In addition, the Kujang team also received guidance from other lecturers who have expertise in operations management, such as Dr. Eko Ruddy Cahyadi, Nisa Zahra, and Ani Nur Aisyah. Associate lecturers and coaches have a very important role in providing advice, views, and directions.

"The idea was initiated by the Kujang Team (Syalma, Fahmi and Tiara) to contribute creative ideas so that waste management as a clean and affordable energy source can be realized to support the acceleration of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)," said Dr. Fryanto as the lecturer at the Department of Agribusiness- Faculty of Economics and Management. (SWP/Zul) (IAAS/FJN)

Keywords: Agribusiness, PLTSa, Competition, Students, IPB University, SDGs


Published Date : 21-Sep-2021

Resource Person : Syalma Nabila Kamal, Syalma Nabila Kamal, Tiara Azzahra

Keyword : Agribusiness, PLTSa, Competition, Students, IPB University, SDGs