Batam, 20 March 2023
ACCEPT II representative, Muhammad Shidiq, was invited by Maxpower Group and PLN Batam as organizers to present the update on ASEAN hydrogen development during the event held on 20 March 2023 in Radisson Golf & Convention Center Batam, Indonesia.
A hydrogen seminar sharing session on ‘Accelerating the Hydrogen Economy to Achieve Net Zero Emissions in 2060’ has been organized by Maxpower Group and PLN Batam. The one-day seminar was conducted on Monday, 20 March 2023 in Radisson Golf & Convention Centre Batam, Indonesia with more than 100 participants from various stakeholders attending the events. Muhammad Irwansyah Putra as Director of PLN Batam opened the event. He delivered a short remark which emphasized the importance of immediate action to achieve net-zero emissions in 2026. Therefore, this event was held to introduce a deeper understanding to the public regarding hydrogen technologies as a key to achieving net zero emissions in the future. Hydrogen technology is one of the best options for decarbonization since it has notable benefits, including its technological feasibility for Indonesia, industrial scalability, as well as economic feasibility in the future. Fazil Erwin Alfitri as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Maxpower Group also delivered a remark on hydrogen potential for Indonesia where the technology is interesting and feasible to be implemented in Indonesia.
The first speaker, Kobayashi Yoshikazu as Senior Economist and Manager at CCUS Group, Fossil Energies & International Cooperation Unit of the Institute of Energy Economics Japan (IEEJ), delivered presentations on current hydrogen development technologies and use in Japan. Japan has implemented hydrogen practices, among others the launching of a pilot project named Japan’s Advanced Hydrogen Energy Chain Association for Technology Development (AHEAD) which successfully pioneered the first foreign-origin hydrogen supply chain by bringing hydrogen from Brunei to Tokyo Bay. Hydrogen produced from steam-reformed gas in Brunei LNG liquefaction process was converted into methylcyclohexane (MCH) through a reaction using toluene. The MCH was then transported to Tokyo Bay to be used as a power generation fuel. In addition, Japan has also imported blue ammonia cargo from Saudi Arabia to be used for power generation with CO2 capturing process designated for use in methanol production.
ACCEPT II representative, Shidiq presented updates on hydrogen technology across Southeast Asia as well as findings from the ASEAN Centre for Energy’s (ACE) current study on hydrogen, namely Hydrogen in ASEAN: Economic Prospects, Development, and Applications. He also noted that Singapore was the only ASEAN country at present to have its national hydrogen strategy plan, namely Singapore’s National Hydrogen Strategy. Lastly, Dr Jenny Rizikiana from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) gave a presentation about the types of hydrogen, the process of hydrogen production from electrolysis, the types of electrolysis, and current hydrogen research in the university.
During the question-and-answer session, the speakers and participants discussed the potential of hydrogen development in Indonesia, highlighting Indonesia’s big potential to produce hydrogen, particularly so following up Pertamina’s announcement on its plan to develop green hydrogen from the Ulubelu geothermal site in 2023 with a production target of as much as 100 kilograms per day. Despite the lack of specific hydrogen regulation or policy in Indonesia, the Pertamina pilot project would be a significant development in Indonesia’s hydrogen practice. At the end of the discussion, the moderator summarized that Indonesia was still in the early stages of developing hydrogen practices, therefore discussions and research and development (R&D) on hydrogen in the country should be further developed from now on. The session received a great response from all participants with participants showing gratitude for this sharing session which broadened knowledge about hydrogen research, development, and practices from other countries.
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