The Joko Widodo administration is pushing for the use of renewable energy, one of which is the geothermal energy.

To implement the plan, the agency for assessment and application of technology (BPPT) is collaborating with GeoForschungsZentrum German Research Center for Geosciences. It is one five technological partnerships between Indonesia and the European tech mammoth.

On January 21, the German government transferred the ownership of Lahendong geothermal power plant in Tomohon, North Sulawesi.

Minister for research, technology and higher education Mohamad Nasir attended the event as Indonesia’s representative. He said he appreciated the geothermal cooperation which has been ongoing since 2010.

Nasir said the German-Indonesian cooperation supported the implementation of the Asian country’s research master plans.

Research must be advanced in the geothermal sector to maximize Indonesia’s potential of this natural resource, said Nasir. Southeast Asia’s biggest economy is abundantly blessed with 28,000 Mega Watt of geothermal resources – the largest in the world.

Through a German-assembled technological prototype, the residue from geothermal energy processing can be used. It has amounted to 500 kW as of now. This technology will be used in other geothermal facilities.

The Lahendong site is managed by Pertamina PGE. Manado State Polytechnic and Sam Ratulangi University have been tasked to develop human resources and research to support the power plant.