SURAKARTA – Minister of research, technology and higher education Mohamad Nasir has set a target for Indonesia to produce lithium battery in 2022. It is estimated that the need for it will increase in the future as the country’s electric vehicle industry grows.
During a visit to March 11 University’s (UNS) center for business and production of lithium battery in Surakarta, May 31, Nasir said that Indonesia was developing a technology that would enable the processing of the power source in Halmahera and that the facility would be ready for use in 2021.
“When the Halmahera site construction finishes, the source of lithium has already been available. Thus, starting from 2022 or 2023 we can produce lithium battery independently,” said Nasir.
Nasir praised UNS for developing lithium ion battery, which it has been doing since 2012. The battery, moreover, has entered the industry. Nasir said battery was an essential component for electric vehicle industry. Therefore, Indonesia will need to produce lithium battery to support the sector.
Nasir said the UNS-produced lithium battery could supply the need of the production of GESITS, Indonesia’s recently launched electric scooter.
Nasir also expressed his hope that the battery could become a source of renewable energy in Indonesia, stressing that fossil fuel resource continues to deplete. Researchers have a duty to create innovation in this sector for a better Indonesia.
UNS currently still relies on imported material to produce the battery. In the future, the university wants to increase the proportion of locally sourced material for the production.
The event was attended by a number of cross-ministry officials and other invited guests.