Info SAWIT, BOGOR –At Monday night (12/12/2017) Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) regularly held “Malam Apresiasi Inovator dan Mitra IPB 2017 (MAMI)” in IPB International Convention Center, Bogor.
It was the event that IPBtried to increase its role in education and development in Indonesia and international level.
IPB increases its role by developing the strategic cooperation with the companies, both in the regional, national and global level through its ‘alumni’ working at advanced companies.
The official website of IPB noted, MAMI 2017 is hoped to be the right place to enclose IPB with the leaders of companies.
Besides IPB also appreciated the companies on the cooperation and active roles to increase the work of IPB as one of the best colleges in Indonesia. “MAMI 2017 invited more than 100 companies as the partners of IPB in national and international level,” the committee noted in the official statement that InfoSAWIT recently got.
In MAMI 2017, the Best Inovator 2017 was Prof. Erliza Hambali. She was born in Padang, 55 years ago. She has served in the collage for quite long and got many experiences.
Some years ago, she was one easy going lecturer. Her study should be proved in the field. For she does not want to master the theory only, Erliza finally develops a business in agriculture technology. For example, PT Erliza Chocolate Factory. It produces powder chocolate in sachet.
The company is the result of research in agriculture (chocolate) that is processed and packed so it tastes good and easily dissolved by water, just like coffee or tea.
The other company of hers is PT Liza Herbal Internasional. It produces drinks within the material ginger in kinds of taste, such as, milk, chocolate, and others.
As a lecturer, it might be difficult to develop agro industry – company. But to get the field proof, and the test in industrial scale from the researches she does, she successfully realized her dream.
“I found kinds of business so that the students could practice. They should know the practice, not theory only. For exampe, in 2000, I developed Ayam Goreng Fatmawati, a franchise. Then I produce herbal products, such as, soap and lotion. From my researches,I develop everything and train my students,” she said.
Not only developing kinds of business, the woman who loves running also has kinds of future thoughts to develop palm oil downstream industries in Indonesia. In 2004, she and her friends founded Surfactant and Bioenergy Research Center in Institut Pertanian Bogor (SBRC-IPB).
She said, the reason to make research center is that the palm oil production is still sold in the form of crude palm oil (CPO). It has no additional value still.
She thought, the additional value from palm oil could be more. In addition, the downstream industries developed are still in refinery, fatty acid, fatty alcohol, and biodiesel. “It nearly reaches 70% that the palm oil products from Indonesia are still exported in CPO and the rests are processed in the domestic,” she said.
The processed ones are refinery, fatty acid, fatty alcohol, and biodiesel. While specialty fats, surfactants are little to process though it has expensive additional values,” the woman having three children said.
Through the research center, Erliza develops the thoughts in palm oil downstream industries, such as, surfactant in palm oil – base. The surfactant products are dominated by fossil – base still.
It would be more environmental to have surfactant in vegetable – base, which is famously known as methyl ester sulfonate (MES).
In addition, the trend in the world now leads to the products from renewable sources. The waste would not damage the environment. “The most interesting case is how to develop MES. For the late days, the surfactant is developed in petroleum – base. How to substitute MES in renewable sources. The people would need green surfactant for the waste would not damage the environment,” Erliza said. (T2)