NZMATES delivered a short pilot training on solar PV at Ambon State Polytechnic in July 2019, and an MoU for a cooperation to support renewable energy capacities was then signed in September 2019. A follow-up 3-day introductory solar PV training was to be delivered to engineering students in collaboration with the Polytechnic in March 2020, but was postponed due to the pandemic. NZMATES adapted the training material and delivered the theoretical content virtually and held virtually instead through 4 sessions in October and November due to the ongoing pandemic.
The online training covered topics such as ‘why solar energy?’, solar panel components and basics, batteries, inverters, community engagement, solar power plant health & safety, and solar power plant operation and maintenance. In each session, a pre-test and a post-test was also administered in order to measure knowledge improvement. Students who received the highest post-test scores as well as students who were most active during the Q & A sessions were each rewarded with a Rp100,000 mobile phone voucher. Congratulations to Meilinda Safitri Aihunan, Nabila Latupono, Rizky Wulandari Pratiwi, Axello Rendy Wattimena, and Oni Alfiana for achieving the highest post-test scores and being active!
Thank you to all students who participated and to Ambon State Polytechnic’s Mechanical Head of Electrical Engineering programme, Lecturer Pak Lory Marcus Parera, and Head of Mechanical Electrical Engineering programme, Lecturer Pak Eka LilpalyAlexander Patty for their cooperation. We look forward to more collaboration in the future!