Green hydrogen predicted to shift the dominance of gasoline and electricity in the transportation sector

Jakarta – PT PLN (Persero), through its subsidiary, PLN Indonesia Power, officially operates the first Hydrogen Filling Station (HRS) in Indonesia located in Senayan, Jakarta. The state electricity company said the operation of this HRS is a new energy transition milestone in Indonesia, especially in the transportation sector.

Green hydrogen is hydrogen produced through water electrolysis using electricity generated from renewable sources.

PLN President Director Darmawan Prasodjo said hydrogen charging for vehicles is much cheaper than gasoline and electricity. “The cost of hydrogen filling at HRS Senayan is only around Rp276 per kilometre. Compare that to gasoline, which reaches Rp1,300 per kilometre,” he said.

The price of green hydrogen is even more competitive compared to electric vehicles. The cost of charging an electric vehicle is Rp 350 to Rp 400 per kilometre, while the ultra-fast charging rate reaches Rp 555 per kilometre.

“Another advantage of green hydrogen is that it is environmentally friendly because it does not produce exhaust emissions. This aligns with PLN’s commitment to achieve carbon neutral emissions by 2060,” Prasodjo said in an official statement Wednesday, February 21.

HRS Senayan has a green hydrogen production capacity of 203 tons per year. Of this amount, 128 tons are allocated for the transportation sector, equivalent to the energy needs for 438 cars per year.

“Using green hydrogen for transportation can save fuel consumption up to 1.59 million litres and reduce CO2 emissions up to 4.15 million kilograms per year,” Prasodjo explained, adding that PLN is committed to continuing to develop green hydrogen infrastructure and technology in Indonesia.

He said PLN will build HRS in several strategic locations in Indonesia, such as Greater Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Surabaya, and Medan. (Hartatik)

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