DEN recommends five strategies to develop renewable energy

DEN recommends five strategies to develop renewable energy

A product of B30, a mixture of diesel and 30 percent biodiesel, developed to reduce dependency on fossil fuel. (ANTARA News/Chairul Rohman/sh)

The council has recommended five strategies to develop renewable energy in Indonesia
Jakarta (ANTARA) - in a bid to reduce the country's dependence on fossil energy to meet national demand, Indonesia's National Energy Council (DEN) has revealed five strategies to develop renewable energy. The council has recommended five strategies to develop renewable energy in Indonesia, Secretary General of DEN Djoko Siswanto said here Tuesday.

First, Indonesia would need to speed up the use of the B-30 biofuel (a mixture of diesel with 30 percent biodiesel), B-50 (50 percent biodiesel mixture), and B-100 (100 percent biodiesel), he said.

"In October 2019, the trial for the use of 30 percent biodiesel mixture (B-30) is targeted to reach its completion," Siswanto said.

B30 is planned to be used massively in early 2020, and will be followed by the development of B50 and B100, he continued.

The second strategy is the development of a geothermal power plant, Siswanto said.

There are 13 geothermal power plants (PLTP) in 11 working areas that produce some 1,948 megawatts (MW) of geothermal energy, according to the ministry's data.

Thirdly, Indonesia should continue to develop wind-generated power plants as the country has the potential to generate 978 megawatts of wind-based energy, he said.

The fourth strategy is the development of microhydro. Indonesia has only used seven percent of its hydropower that reached 75 thousand MW.

The fifth and final strategy is that all buildings and houses in the country should switch to solar power to reduce the use of fossil fuel.

The use of renewable energy is also part of Indonesia's commitment to preserve the environment and minimize the risk of global warming, Siswanto said. (INE)
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