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Indonesia taps GE for renewable energy expertise

Posted: 07 Oct 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:photovoltaic? biomass? geothermal? renewable energy?

General Electric (GE) will assist Indonesia in meeting its targets for the use of renewable energy sources, particularly wind and solar power.

A memorandum of agreement signed by GE and Indonesia's Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) mandates cooperation on the development of wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and biogas facilities, as well as "cleaner" coal.

One of the initiatives is the WHyPGen (wind hybrid power generation) project, which entails the generation of up to 80MW of wind energy farms. BPPT is tasked to lay out the project frameworks after dialogues with governmental and financial agencies, as well as to conduct feasibility studies and demo plants. GE, meanwhile, will help implement the hybrid wind energy projects, which will combine wind energy with other energy options such as photovoltaic, microhydro, natural gas or diesel power.

GE, which has installed more than 14,000 wind turbines across the globe, has collected wind data from some areas of Indonesia in preparation for the projects.

Indonesia, whose energy needs are growing by 7 percent each year, plans to increase power generation capacity by 29GW over the next 10 years. It has earmarked incentives to encourage companies to engage in renewable energy projects.

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