The Bandung Institute of Technology Alumni Association (IA-ITB) in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia (KBRI) in The Hague and the Indonesian Energy Academy (ECADIN) conducted a series of discussions on renewable energy in the Indonesia-the Netherlands Technology Partnership Forum (INTPF) series. It was initiated at the symposium in December last year. This time the topic discussed was the ins and outs of hydrogen technology as a green energy source. Given the restriction protocols associated with the pandemic, this technology seminar was conducted in an online format. The event was opened by remarks from the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr. Mayerfas, which was then followed by remarks from the Deputy Head of Mission Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Republic of Indonesia, Mrs. Ardi Stoios-Braken. Mr. Mayerfas underlined Indonesia’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions and the economic opportunities that come with it, while the Mrs. Ardi Stoios-Braken explained the close relationship between Indonesia and the Netherlands in research, education and training, as well as commercial projects in the new and renewable energy sector.
The whole event was moderated by Professor Bayu Jayawardhana, one of the Indonesian diaspora who is a professor at the University of Groningen. The first speaker was Professor Eniya Dewi from BPPT who is also the Board Director International Association of Hydrogen Energy (IAHE). She systematically explained the advantages of hydrogen technology compared to other renewable energy sources, then the opportunities and challenges of applying this technology in an effort to decarbonize the Indonesian economy. The second speaker was Sarah Hopkin, one of the researchers at Shell Hydrogen Mobility, who explained the various activities of Shell as a multinational energy company in the development and application of large-scale hydrogen technology for the heavy industrial sector and the transportation sector. The discussion was followed by comments and reviews from the two panelists: Dr. Zainal Arifin, Executive VP at PLN and Dr. Oki Muraza, Senior VP at Pertamina. The event, which was enthusiastically attended by around 200 participants, lasted for about two hours.