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RDI Hosted the Digital global Biogas Cooperation (DiBiCoo) Webinar on Biogas Technology and Implementation in Europe and Indonesia

On Tuesday (23/06/2020), RDI through the Digital global Biogas Cooperation (DiBiCoo) project hosted a webinar on biogas technology, to share examples of good practices in Indonesia and partnership opportunities with Europe.

Ms. Angela Sainz, communications manager of European Biogas Association (EBA) and Mr. Frank Hofmann, international affairs staff of German Biogas Association (FvB) were invited to share their knowledge and perspectives regarding European biogas technology and implementation. While Dr. -Ing. M. Abdul Kholiq, M.Sc Chairman of Indonesian Biogas Association (ABgI), attended the webinar to share information about how biogas is being implemented in Indonesia. The webinar was moderated by RDI senior fellow, Dr. Yudha Prambudia.

RDI senior fellow, Dr. Saut Sagala opened the webinar with an introduction about DiBiCoo’s roles in capacity building and supporting pilot projects of emerging markets located in Argentina, Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa and Indonesia.

The session was then continued by Ms. Sainz on the European context of biogas industry development. She explained that with about 18.000 biogas installations, Europe is in the process of scaling up their industries in meeting the target of high renewable energy usage by 2050.

Discussion during the webinar

From the Indonesian perspective, Dr. -Ing. Kholiq explained how POME (Palm Oil Mill Effluent) in Indonesia is the biggest biogas feedstock. However, there are still very few biogas plants that process POME, with only about 70 plants located around the country. Other than POME, potential resources for biogas feedstock in Indonesia can come from cassava wastewater, empty fruit bunch (EFB) from palm oil mills, traditional markets’ waste and water hyacinth.

Along with the abundance of raw materials, he also mentioned the many opportunities of using biogas for current infrastructures and services in the country. Among others, biogas can also be used for fueling public transportations, industrial usage, household usage, or even making an educational eco-tourism site out of it.

Not to mention, biogas technologies can be built at an affordable price and Dr. Kholiq stipulated that Indonesia should put more effort in supporting renewable energy development both in terms of the economic and social aspects. ABgI, similar to other biogas associations of other countries, is advocating for biogas regulation while promoting its multifunctionality for electricity and fuel.

Representing the biggest biogas association in the world, Mr. Hofmann shared his expertise on some technologies for producing biogas such as tank digester, sewage gas and lagoon digester which is common in Indonesia. He highlighted how biogas is environmentally sound and can be integrated with better waste management.

Similar to biogas, biomethane can also be utilized in a similar way. However, this also depends on the demands from the market, as the better quality of biomethane comes with additional investment, it is only feasible when produced at high volume rates.

An important takeaway from this webinar is how biogas utilization provides great economic and environmental values. It can complement the palm oil industry while creating green job opportunities. It should also be noted that the government’s role in making the switch is crucial.

If you missed the live webinar, the video is accessible for viewing on our YouTube channel.
More information about DiBiCoo can also be found here.
Indonesian stakeholders interested in becoming a project partner of DiBiCoo can send your inquiry through this link or contact Andreas Dwiputra at (+62)899-9733-813