Representatives of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Indonesian National Planning Agency (Bappenas) gained a better overview and understanding about the palm oil industry and the utilization of palm oil waste in Belitung island. Representatives of BMZ and Bappenas went to PT Austindo Aufwind New Energy’s palm oil plantation, palm oil mill and biogas power plant on 18 July in Belitung, one of the Renewable Energy for Electrification Programme (REEP)’s pilot island.
The Government of Indonesia targets 23 percent of RE in the national energy mix by 2025. In supporting the Government, REEP helps to demonstrate the feasibility of achieving the 23 percent target by conducting RE integration studies in Bangka, Belitung, Kaledupa, Selayar and Morotai with the hope that the lesson-learned will be replicated in other island grids.
The study indicates RE integration into Belitung grid is feasible by utilising palm oil waste. Belitung will achieve more than 23 percent of RE mix by 2025 with biomass (12 percent), biogas (16 percent) and solar (13 percent) within the region’s energy mix.