Biodiesel for better Balikpapan

Biodiesel for better Balikpapan

Balikpapan, IndonesiaBalikpapan, Indonesia
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$500,000 - $1 million
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

This biodiesel project can help prevent large amounts of used vegetable oil (UVO) from being disposed of irresponsibly and from entering the waste systems which will supply fuel to lessen the energy deficit in Balikpapan.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if everyday used vegetable oil could be turned into biodiesel for energy production while reducing waste pollution that is affecting the environment?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Balikpapan is a resource-rich city that sees most of its energy production being used elsewhere in Indonesia. As a result, the city experiences frequent power cuts. There is also no established infrastructure in place to ensure proper disposal of UVO(leading to pollution). This project aims to solve both these problems by collecting and refining biodiesel from everyday used vegetable oil.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

With the help of a preliminary survey, we have established that there is nearly 30,000 litres of UVO that can be collected from Balikpapan everyday. Our project wants to set up a city wide system to facilitate the disposal and collection of UVO. The UVO will then be refined into biodiesel for energy production purposes. Throughout the entire process we will seek the participation of the local community, while educating them about proper environmental practices.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

1. The main benefit and motivation for the project is the lower fuel cost, which states by Indonesia energy company (PLN), it can reduce production costs by 20%. Petroleum diesel costs £0.49/L while biodiesel (refined from edible vegetable oil) might cost £0.39/L, which may lead to a reduced reliance on fuel subsidies. 2. Helps reduce land and water pollution, while also preventing the waste water mains from clogging due to the buildup of fat in the water system. 3. Biodiesel has the most potential as a substitute to run in current diesel engines, as it requires little or no modification of the engine; very low harmful emission given off during combustion is also one of the most attractive advantages of biodiesel.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

After conducting a survey, there is approximately 30,000 L of UVO can collected from Balikpapan everyday.. 68% of participant simply dispose their used vegetable oil in the sink which eventually leads to waste water system). A potential 30,000 L of UVO can be removed from municipal waste disposal, lessening the possibility of pipe clogging in the waste water system, thus potentially saving the local government the costs of cleaning. Based on a present initiative, Indonesia’s National Electricity Company (PLN) officially announces their latest pilot project for biodiesel power plant in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan. The power plant will have a power capacity of 500 kW that requires 30,000 litres of edible oil derived biodiesel per day. However we haven't conducted any pilot plant using UVO fuel which has lower calorie.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

As much as 80% of the eventual sale price is affected by the price of the initial feedstock; In this investigation, people are showing their eager to participate voluntary. However, we do need to take into consideration and find suitable incentives and implement regulation regarding biodiesel development and feedstock collection. In the first phase of this project, we will focus on the social innovation. We will educate and raise their awareness of the importance and benefit of this biodiesel project. It would also ensure that we would receive steady supply of biodiesel feedstock from society.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

With the estimated calculation of £700,000 investment cost, and 30,000L production capacity per day, if we can get the fund from various sources (government, EU's ASEAN waste-to-energy program, bank loan), we might be able to produce the UVO biodiesel, and be self sufficient after 7 years running.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

As part of the recently issued New Electricity Law No. 30 of Year 2009, the government is attempting to engage companies in the private sector in cooperation with local authorities to tackle the shortage of electricity supply. Since 2010, PLN has collaborated with private diesel power plant Congindo to supply 40 MW to the city. However, by burning conventional fuel for 87% of the total energy, Indonesia has contributes total without LUCF 0.66 Mton CO2-eq in 2005. This project is try to develop and adopting alternative fuels that are locally made and more environmental friendly.

Founding Story

I am a citizen of Balikpapan city who experience regular weekly blackout, since as far i can remember. The idea came during my master degree studies, we were visiting one of commercial UVO fuel producer in London and then i feel the urge to apply this innovative technology in my city. People in Indonesia have a dependance of cooking oil as they eat an appreciable amount of deep fried food regularly. After some research i found out that 67% people are disposing UVO to the sink and current facility only cover 21% of Balikpapan residential areas. I believe this biodiesel is a "two birds with one stone" solution to address the energy shortage and at the same time can reduce water pollution.


The company is registered, but this project is currently my own idea, and i haven't have a solid team. i have done all the research, conducting survey with community & local government, and also field work all by my self.
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Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

Affordable and Clean Energy, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

I own a start up business that aiming to promote sustainable lifestyle. The current project is grow vegetable and providing the community with healthy organic vegetable, also I am producing all natural (biodegradable/ environmental friendly) handmade soap. With my educational background in and passion in sustainable development, i believe sustainability is the future hope for the world, and future start from little things in life. Thus i try to engage more and more people, raise their awareness to change their lifestyle to be more sustainable.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

specially for this biodiesel project, i received some mentoring and support from social entrepreneur faculty in Ciputra University Surabaya.