JERA and IHI exploring ways to expand ammonia usage in Malaysia

JERA Asia, a subsidiary of Japanese energy giant JERA, has revealed its plans for collaboration with IHI Asia Pacific to explore potential ways to expand the use of ammonia in Malaysia’s energy sector.

JERA and IHI signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which states that the parties will jointly study ammonia co-firing in thermal power plants in Malaysia in order to contribute to decarbonisation through the expansion of ammonia use in the country. 

Ammonia and hydrogen are expected to play a role in achieving goals set in Malaysia’s 12th Malaysia Plan which declares that it will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 45% by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

JERA and IHI are working together on a grant from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO) to establish the technology for co-firing 20% fuel ammonia at the Hekinan Thermal Power Station and to conduct demonstration projects aimed at achieving a co-firing ratio of more than 50%.

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In addition to these initiatives, JERA says it can contribute to the decarbonisation of Malaysia by working with IHI, which has a track record of delivering more than 50% of the installed coal thermal power boiler capacity currently in operation in the country.

“JERA is on a mission to provide cutting-edge solutions to the world’s energy issues and we see significant potential for ammonia and hydrogen to support decarbonisation efforts. We believe this MoU offers a positive opportunity to consider how ammonia can be leveraged for carbon-neutral power generation in Malaysia. Through this collaboration, JERA will build upon its experience in power generation to help enable the energy transition in the region”, said Toshiro Kudama, CEO of JERA Asia.

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