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Jakarta Post

Hydrogen the missing piece of ASEAN green energy

  • Han Phoumin


Jakarta   /   Thu, July 30 2020   /  10:11 am

Recent international headlines have been declaring the potential of hydrogen to solve some of the key issues that limit the development of renewable energy (RE) and the goal of decarbonization of emissions.  The Wall Street Journal calls it the “new wonder fuel”.  The BBC refers to a hydrogen “tech revolution” and Forbes says it “may be the crucial ‘jigsaw’ piece for green microgrids.”  In short, hydrogen will be an option to mitigate CO2 emissions in the future.  So how can this potential be applied in the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN)? ASEAN’s current power generation mix is dominated by coal, gas, and hydropower. However, solar and wind power comprise the most abundant energy resources in ASEAN but contribute negligent amounts (1.5 percent in 2015 and 2.4 percent in 2020) to the power mix. ...