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Biomass power plant construction soon to be implemented on Timor island

By November 10, 2021December 3rd, 2021No Comments

Press release in collaboration with KADIN

The Global Landscape Forum Climate (GLF Climate) is the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on sustainable landscapes that is being held alongside COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021. Jaya Wahono, the deputy head of the electricity committee of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) joined GLF Climate as a speaker on the 7th of November 2021. He spoke about how renewable and community-based power generation can contribute to economic development and land restoration in Indonesia. His speech also mentioned the immediate plans to start the construction of a biomass power plant in TImor island using the community-based concept as feedstock producing mechanism and high environmental planning standards.

The developer of the biomass power plant in Timor is PT Charta Putra Indonesia (Clean Power Indonesia/CPI), an company specialized in developing biomass-based electricity generation projects using a green prosperity approach in the frontier, outermost, and least developed (3T) regions in Indonesia. During COP26 in Glasgow, CPI has signed an MoU with PT TBS Energi Utama Tbk (TBK) to materialize the biomass power plant project in Timor as an effort to build towards a East Nusa Tenggara province with a renewable energy-based island.

Fellow speakers at GLF climate discussing biomass and community-based power generation are Neville Kemp, director of Ekologika, a company that specializes in biodiversity assessments in Indonesia, Thrin Thang Long from the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) in China, Mihyun Seol from the National Institute of Forest Science (NIFOS) in Korea, and the keynote speaker Dr. Ruandha Agung Sugadirman, the Indonesian Director General of Forestry Planning and Environmental Governance of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

Dr. Ruandha Agung Sugadirman addressed in his keynote speech that the development of a community-based biomass power plant will not only increase the income opportunities of the local communities, but also contribute to the Government’s efforts in adding economical value to the restoration programs of critical and marginal land in the 3T regions.

“We will continue to encourage innovation and improvement in community-based biomass power plant construction in Indonesia. We have recently adopted a hybrid system in the biomass power plant construction, combining biomass gasification with solar PV and batteries. We also applied small scale waste-to-energy technology in the context of municipal waste reduction. Both hybrid and waste-to-energy technologies can be used in island electrification projects. We can finally have an alternative for diesel based fuel generation in the form of a microgrid ecosystem in the world’s biggest archipelago” says Jaya in the closing of the formal statement, Monday (8/11/2021)