Indonesia's Foray into Hydrogen-Fueled Vehicles: Pilot Project Set to Begin

Indonesia's Foray into Hydrogen-Fueled Vehicles: Pilot Project Set to Begin

The Indonesian government, through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), has announced plans to experiment with the use of hydrogen in the operation of buses, trucks and other large vehicles, facilitated by the Directorate General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (EBTKE).

The head of the Directorate General, Eniya Listiani Dewi, has stated that the use of hydrogen vehicles will play an important role in the future of environmentally friendly transport, alongside vehicles powered by biofuels and electricity.

According to the National Hydrogen Strategy, in the transition to future energy, decarbonisation, achieving net zero emission targets, increasing the penetration of renewable energy and foreign investment in green energy are crucial. Hydrogen has a key role to play in reducing emissions, particularly in industry, transport, electricity and commodities.

The national strategic plan for the use of low-carbon hydrogen in transport by 2060 envisages an increase in the proportion of clean fuel buses. It is expected that 20% of the total number of buses will be converted to hydrogen energy by 2060, requiring an overall increase in the amount of hydrogen in the country.

By 2040, some buses are expected to convert to hydrogen, with an initial demand of around 6 GWh, equivalent to 0.21 million tonnes of hydrogen. This demand will continue to grow, reaching 20% of all buses in 2060 with a consumption of 1.18 kilotons.

In the heavy-duty vehicle sector, hydrogen demand is expected to reach 161 GWh (4.88 kilotons) in 2040, increasing to 930.6 GWh (28.2 kilotons) in 2060.

In the railway sector, the national rail company KAI is also seeking to use hydrogen or battery systems to replace diesel locomotives.

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