Sustainable IoT RO-PVO Innovation Secures IEEE Funding

Wed, 27 Mar 2024
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A remarkable achievement has been attained by a team of students led by a graduate student from the Electrical Engineering Master’s Program at ITS. They successfully secured a funding of $7,500 from IEEE EPICS for their innovative project titled “Gili Genting Island’s Oxygen Conservation: IoT-Driven PV-RO for Salt and Drinkable Water Production.”


“Facing significant challenges in preparing everything, including the idea and recruiting team members, we only had one month,” stated Ema, the team leader.


Prof. Dr. Ir. Mauridhi Hery Purnomo, M.Eng., a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, provided invaluable support and guidance to the team. Ema mentioned that she received information about this funding from Prof. Hery and was directly guided by him. With only one month to prepare the team, idea, and other necessary aspects, she admitted feeling overwhelmed and even contemplated withdrawing. However, the burning spirit to complete the project kept her going.


After a lengthy journey, the team finally formed with four members and five volunteers, involving students from various academic levels, ranging from undergraduate to doctoral students. Subsequently, under the guidance and advice of Prof. Herry, particularly in the field of sustainability, they decided to utilize previous research results, namely the use of PVO or solar energy for street lighting on Gili Genting Island. This PVO project was also led by one of the Electrical Engineering lecturers, Prof. Dr. Ir. Anang Tjahjono, MT.


To understand the actual needs on-site, the team conducted a direct survey to Gili Genting Island, Madura.


“We departed from ITS campus with high spirits towards the location and eventually found the right idea after facing various obstacles and challenges during the survey,” enthusiastically shared Ema.


Design of the machine structure

The team decided to utilize the energy generated by PVO to power an RO machine, capable of producing salt and potable water. They also monitored the quality of drinking water with IoT-based web control, providing notifications on water quality. In this project, the team collaborated with the Karya Bahari community – a fishermen community on the island, where the salt could be used for fish preservation, and the produced clean water served as an alternative water source for local residents. This production resulted in zero carbon emissions as it utilized renewable energy from sunlight.


This achievement demonstrates the spirit and dedication of the ITS Electrical Engineering student team in providing innovative solutions to improve the quality of life for communities, receiving recognition from prestigious institutions such as IEEE.



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