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Mitsubishi Power to promote biomass co-firing in Indonesia's thermal power plants

Proposal and relevant frameworks to be completed by September 2021.

Mitsubishi Power has signed a memorandum of agreement with Indonesia’s PT. PLN (PLN Group) and Bandung Institute of Technology on a joint creation of a policy proposal on the adoption of biomass co-firing in Indonesia’s thermal power plants.

The collaboration will tackle studies that focus on the selection of appropriate biomass fuel and their combustion evaluations, as well as on equipment modification plans.

PLN Group’s subsidiaries PT. Indonesia Power and PT. Pembangkitan Jawa-Bali will also take part in the collaboration.

After the conclusion of the agreement, both parties will concentrate on making a roadmap for promoting biomass co-firing in Indonesia, including selection of the optimal biomass fuel and pilot facility amongst PLN Group's power plants.

The selection will be based on the technical feasibility tests conducted by Mitsubishi Power in Japan, along with policy analysis and market research performed in Indonesia helmed by ITB.
This joint force will support Indonesia’s energy situation through the use of renewable energy, said PLN Research and Development Center Director Iswan Prahastono.

Currently, the Indonesian government is carrying out an energy policy which aims to reduce carbon emissions through raising the nation’s use of a mix of renewable energy sources to 23% by 2025, and diminishing CO2 emissions through energy conversion assuming reduced use of fossil fuel to 29% by 2030.

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