PLN (Persero) has marked a groundbreaking achievement in Indonesia by inaugurating the country’s first Green Hydrogen Plant (GHP), situated within the Muara Karang Steam Gas Power Plant (PLTGU) area in Pluit, Jakarta. This GHP is a notable leap in clean energy production, as it relies entirely on New Renewable Energy (EBT) and has the capacity to generate 51 tons of hydrogen annually.
Green hydrogen is a remarkable energy source due to its eco-friendliness, emitting only water vapor and leaving no residue in the air. This innovation aligns with the commitment to an energy transition aimed at achieving Net Zero Emissions (NZE) by 2060.
Yudo Dwinanda Priaadi, the Director General of New, Renewable Energy, and Energy Conservation at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, praised this development, highlighting green hydrogen as an essential element in the shift towards a sustainable energy future. He emphasized the government’s dedication to fostering green hydrogen in Indonesia and its potential for export, with neighboring countries like Singapore expressing interest in its production.
Darmawan Prasodjo, the President Director of PLN (Persero), described the GHP as a result of PLN’s ongoing innovation in response to the challenges of the energy transition. He noted that hydrogen would play a significant role in the future of transportation alongside electricity, highlighting PLN’s commitment to providing clean energy for society.
The GHP created by PLN Nusantara Power is sourced from solar power plants (PLTS) within the PLTGU Muara Karang area. Additionally, Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from the Kamojang Geothermal Power Plant (PLTP) contribute to its production.
Out of the annual 51-ton hydrogen production, 43 tons can be used to power 147 vehicles covering a daily distance of 100 km. This transition to green hydrogen significantly reduces carbon emissions, promoting a cleaner environment.
Beyond transportation, green hydrogen can be applied in various industrial sectors, including steel production, concrete manufacturing, and chemical and fertilizer production.
Ruly Firmansyah, the President Director of PLN Nusantara Power, emphasized the company’s commitment to producing environmentally friendly gas and highlighted the GHP as an important step in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It also provides a viable solution for industrial sectors that are challenging to electrify, such as steel manufacturing, aviation, heavy vehicles, and shipping.
The GHP at UP Muara Karang serves as a launching point, with plans to replicate similar facilities at other PLN Nusantara Power generators on the island of Java, potentially reaching an annual production capacity of around 150 tons.
This significant development is an exemplary step towards Indonesia’s clean energy future and aligns with the global goal of achieving Net Zero Emissions by 2060 or earlier.
Yudo Dwinanda Priaadi, Director General of New, Renewable Energy, and Energy Conservation at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, commended PLN’s innovation in producing green hydrogen. He highlighted the government’s commitment to developing green hydrogen and emphasized that the book is not yet out on hydrogen rules, regulations, and standards, but there is already tangible progress.
Darmawan Prasodjo, President Director of PLN (Persero), reiterated PLN’s commitment to supporting the government’s energy transition efforts and outlined plans to develop similar green hydrogen production facilities across their power plants.
This momentous achievement represents a significant step forward for clean energy in Indonesia, with green hydrogen poised to play a crucial role in the nation’s sustainable energy future and global emission reduction goals.