BPPT Develops Small Capacity Waste Fueled Power Plant to Reduce Its Volume

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Jakarta (Greeners) – Indonesia’s Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology or BPPT develops thermal-based waste management with 50-100 tons capacity per day at Bantar Gebang Landfill, Bekasi, West Java, said head of the agency on Wednesday (13/02/2019).

The facility will serve as waste fueled power plant and solution to the city’s waste problems.

Hammam Riza, head of BPPT, said that the issue of landfills in Indonesia, especially in major cities, are sophisticated.

Waste management using thermal energy, Riza said, one of the agency’s efforts to eliminate waste volume in short time and significant. The technology is claimed to eliminate 50 to 100 tons of waste per day and produce 700 kilowatts of electricity.

“Waste-fueled power plant of BPPT is under completion, it is predicted to be finalized by the end of March, this year. Despite of its relatively small capacity, the power plant is our active step to solve waste volume of big cities, including DKI Jakarta,” he said to Greeners via telephone.

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Furthermore, he said that electricity produced by the power plant can light up the streets surrounding the landfill and self-operate the machines.

“The power plant is a pilot project and prototype for others. Hence, it is built with small capacity. If this power plant is successful, it will be redeveloped into larger capacity,” he said adding that the pilot project is aiming to serve as green waste management technology able to tackle waste issue.

He said the development is being supported by domestic industry to ensure high value of national materials.

“The power plant is included in TKDN [Red : High Value of National Materials] which we can maximized and implemented,” he said. “In addition, the power plant development is based on presidential decree issued in 2018 on the acceleration for waste to energy power plant installation. Under the decree and TKDN stipulation, we want BPPT be able to become a key player for its technology assessment and application,” he said.

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Isnawa Adji, head of DKI Jakarta Environmental Agency, said that technology applied at Bantar Gebang Landfill can be an example for Indonesia.

The 110-hectares landfill receive nearly 7,000 tons of waste per day, said Adji, of which the thermal technology is expected to deal with the volume.

“In the future, cities with waste issues need to develop waste fueled power plants, and this power plant built by BPPT can be the reference. Of course, we are hoping for BPPT to be able to built with larger capacity,” he said.

Reports by Dewi Purningsih