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PLN signs MoU with HDF Energy to develop hydrogen technology in Indonesia

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Global Hydrogen Review,

PT PLN (Persero) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hydrogen de France SA (HDF Energy) to develop hydrogen technology in Indonesia. This international collaboration is aimed at reducing carbon emissions of electricity sector to contribute towards the 2060 Net Zero Emission Target.

The MoU between PLN and HDF aims at building mutual cooperation in developing hydrogen business, particularly on the use of hydrogen in the power sector. During his speech, Indonesian Ambassador highlighted this cooperation between PLN and HDF as a way of addressing future increasing energy demand with renewable energy and innovative investment. French Minister of Foreign Trade, Olivier Becht, asserted France’s commitment to supporting Indonesia’s energy transition, and expressed his strong support for HDF and PLN’s collaboration.

PLN’s President Director, Mr Darmawan Prasodjo, stated that both parties have mutual commitments in ensuring clean, reliable and affordable energy. Through this collaboration, PLN intends to accelerate hydrogen technology development, while reducing dependency on fossil energy.

Darmawan added that PLN acknowledges the importance of reducing carbon emissions in the power sector. Therefore, PLN is proud to be part of global community to find ways in providing greener energy solutions for future generations.

“This cooperation marks new era to materialise the development renewable energy baseload 24 hours, coming from multiple resources including hydrogen. We also expect that PLN and HDF collaboration could elevate billateral cooperation between Indonesia and France” said Darmawan.

HDF is a France-based company that is a pioneer in hydrogen to power solutions. HDF develops and operates high-capacity infrastructures to supply energy demand by utilising renewable energy.

This cooperation will allow the acceleration of the development of multi-megawatt power plants producing stable, continuous and green power to the grids, 24 hr/d, called Renewstable®. It combines an intermittent renewable source (solar or wind) and mass and long-term storage of energy through a hydrogen chain. Renewstable is the green alternative to a classic diesel fuel power plant as it only uses solar or wind energy and water to produce stable electricity, thus avoiding greenhouse emissions and noise. Renewstable’s unique feature is its ability to serve baseload power which is powered thoroughly by renewable energy. In addition to this, HDF’s team is composed of experts in hydrogen infrastructures with 10 years of hands-on technical experience throughout the complete hydrogen value chain. They will be able to support PLN to improve its capacity and skills in the hydrogen field.

Mathieu Geze, HDF’s Director for Asia and President Director of PT HDF Energy Indonesia, declared: “We are proud to partner and join forces with PT PLN (Persero) to accelerate the development of our hydrogen power plant projects in Indonesia. Indonesia is facing unique constraints due to its archipelago context. Our Renewstable plants could assist Indonesia to decarbonise its grids while accompanying the Government’s agenda to support Eastern Indonesia’s development. Our projects pipeline will put Indonesia at the forefront of green hydrogen projects in Asia.”

Darmawan Prasodjo, President Director of PLN (Persero) stated: “This is not only a signing of agreement, not only collaboration in strategy, innovation and technology. This is a collaboration that is going to be translated into effective operational outcomes. This is the cooperation that PLN needs to contribute in addressing global challenges.”

The MoU was signed by PLN’s Director of Corporate Planning, Hartanto Wibowo, and the CEO of HDF Energy, Damien Havard. The MoU signing was witnessed by the Indonesian Ambassador to France, Monaco, Andorra and UNESCO, Muhammad Oemar; France’s Minister of Foreign Trade, Olivier Becht; and the President Director of PT PLN (Persero), Darmawan Prasodjo. Several members of PT PLN board were present Evy Haryadi, Director of Transmition and System Planning, Sinthya Roesly, Director of Finance, Alois Wisnuhardana Corporate Secretary, Charles Sitorus, board of commissioner. In addition to his President, HDF Energy was represented by Jean-Noël de Charentenay, Deputy CEO, Mathieu GEZE, Director of Asia.

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