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The collaboration will focus on ammonia co-firing in Indonesia, with the goal of developing equipment and testing the combustion of ammonia for power generation. [Image: MHI]

By Shardul Sharma

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Indonesia's Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) have extended their joint R&D partnership to support the development of cleaner fuel firing technologies, MHI announced on November 17. The collaboration will focus on ammonia co-firing in Indonesia, with the goal of developing equipment and testing the combustion of ammonia for power generation using gas turbines.

This expanded partnership builds upon the successful collaboration between MHI and ITB, which began in 2020 with a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for joint research on next-generation clean energy solutions. In 2022, the partners signed an additional agreement specifically focused on ammonia-fired power generation.

"There has been growing interest in ammonia, not just as an energy carrier but as a carbon-free fuel," said Masanori Yuri, senior manager, GTCC Business Division of Energy Systems, MHI. "Our proven track record with hydrogen and ammonia, and promising collaboration with ITB has already demonstrated the potential feasibility of utilisation of cleaner fuels in Indonesia."

ITB Vice Rector, I Gede Wenten, said, "Our joint research initiative with MHI is centered on advancing cleaner fuel firing technologies in power generation, a broader embrace of which will decrease our dependence on fossil fuels. I am optimistic that our combined efforts will formulate successful solutions for ammonia in power generation, ultimately catalyzing long-term decarbonization in Indonesia."