Japan’s MHI eyes Indonesian biomass power potential

17-Oct-2020 Intellasia | ArgusMedia | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Japanese engineering firm Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is looking to promote the use of biomass at existing coal-fired power plants in Indonesia, with the country aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing its renewable power sources.

MHI’s power arm Mitsubishi Power has signed an initial agreement with Indonesian state-owned utility PLN and its subsidiaries Indonesia Power and Pembangkitan Jawa-Bali, along with the Bandung Institute of Technology, to cooperate on a roadmap to promote co-burning of biomass at thermal power units.

The partners are planning to research the selection of appropriate biomass fuels, their combustion evaluations and modification of power plants to make the most of Indonesia’s abundant biomass resources. The policy proposal, which covers technical requirements and preparation of the relevant legal and financial support frameworks, is expected to be completed by September 2021.

Indonesia is aiming to increase the ratio of renewable sources in its energy mix to 23pc by 2025. It plans to cut its CO2 emissions by 29pc by 2030 as part of the UN’s 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Indonesia is Japan’s largest source of palm kernel shells (PKS) used as biomass feedstock for power generation. Japan imported 154,434t of PKS from Indonesia in August, which accounted for 79pc of total imports. The imports from Indonesia fell by 15.6pc from the previous month but rose by 48.3pc against a year earlier.

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