Our innovation is to build and design efficient hydrogen cars, and hope that we will not only strive to win awards. Yet, to optimize our research regarding eco-car with zero-emission and take part in making the world sustainable for a better future.
Mr. Sutarsis, one of the lecturers of Material and Metallurgical ITS, gathered students who were interested in his research topic concerning hydrogen tube storage technology. At that time, energy-efficient car research was also widely discussed and trending as well. An idea was made by them to establish our own hydrogen-based energy-efficient car team. The team was named after an Indonesian puppet, Antasena , who is mighty and powerful in water and because it reflects the element of H20.
Our team tried to make a mini prototype of a hydrogen vehicle in 2011 when registration for the 2012 SEM Asia competition was opened. In order to produce the first car prototype, a fuel cell was needed. Thus, Antasena team used the MES-DEA fuel cell from Switzerland and the first manufacturing was carried out.
Even though we were still new to developing hydrogen-based energy-efficient car technology, our team spirit was strong enough to keep us focused and doing our best to win. Arriving in the 2012 SEM event, the team was represented by its technical team. Unfortunately, the car encountered technical problems and failed the technical inspection. Thus, the team was unable to carry out its activities in Sepang, Malaysia.
Our team, upon arrival at our hometown, began to prepare for the next SEM Asia event (2013) which was held at the same venue in Malaysia. However, the forest fire disaster that occurred in Riau in mid-2013 caused a Haze Emergency condition that spread to Malaysia. As a result, the 2013 SEM Asia event had to be canceled and moved to 2014. The following year, Research began by making a new prototype body which was later named Antasena PX. Working closely with Triaxis Composites and with the experience in designing and manufacturing gained from previous competition, our team was confident to win and ready to compete.
However, our team encountered car body problems that needed quite a lot of adjustment when competing in SEM Asia 2014 Philippines. Once again, our team came home with nothing but disappointment. After encountering various issues and failures with the competitions, all organizational activities were temporarily suspended until the end of 2016.
A group of students, with great determination and remarkable resilience, finally succeeded in bringing Antasena back to life. The lack of trust from various parties still remained as an issue. This year, in addition to the team, a new unit was formed called STRD (Science and Technology Research Development) and a new design was made. The design of the car turned into an Urban Class called Antasena Orion (Black Mamba) which was driven by an electric motor.
Finally! After undergoing many obstacles, our hard work paid off. Achieved by winning the 3rd place in KMHE 2018 (Padang). The car’s body then was new and in collaboration with Jericho Composite called Antasena BDV 1.0. Resolved to make more history, our team registered with the same body at SEM Challenger China 2019 and SEM Asia 2019 and got accepted for both events. Unfortunately both events were held simultaneously. Thus, our team decided to only take part in the 2019 SEM Asia event. A new fuel cell (Horizon H-1000) was bought during preparation for the competition. Before the competition, countless test drives had been done until the team was ready to compete.
We finally got the results that we were hoping for years! In 2019 Antasena won for the first time at SEM Asia for 2nd place in the category of hydrogen urban concept, linde special award, and 2nd place in the DWC Asia Qualifiers which gave us the opportunity to continue our journey to London. In addition to winning previous car competitions, STRD also gained several achievements.
At the beginning of 2020, the team was faced with a new problem, the Covid-19 pandemic, which caused us to give up the opportunity to participate in SEM Asia 2020. However, Covid-19 didn’t stop us from providing research developments and activities through social media. Our team received appreciation from Shell Indonesia as the Most Creative Content in disseminating its research through social media (as a new form of habituation in the midst of a pandemic).