Indonesia and Australia will work together on energy issues, including the development of renewable energy.SYDNEY, Australia, AU, 2001-07-10 [SolarAccess.com] Indonesia and Australia will work together on energy issues, including the development of renewable energy. A memorandum of understanding has been signed by Indonesia’s Research & Development Agency for Energy and Mineral Resources and Australia’s Scientific & Industrial Research Organization. The agreement will boost research and development in the mineral exploration and energy sectors. “This MOU will expand CSIRO’s bilateral R&D collaboration with Indonesia from the mining sector into the energy sector,” explains Paul Wellings of CSIRO. “Since 1998, CSIRO has been providing state-of-the-art Australian technology and training to the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and a number of young Indonesian scientists have come to Australia to work with CSIRO under this scheme.” The inaugural collaborative project will be a high-resolution study of sedimentary formations in North East Java that are 10 to 30 million years old. The study will enhance understanding of sub-surface layers, leading to a better understanding of the potential locations of oil and gas. Most of the project will involve oil and gas exploration and development, but it also addresses renewable energy, remote area power supply, coal bed methane, coal utilisation and the environmental impact of mining. Under the MOU, CSIRO and the Indonesian agency will share research resources and personnel for scientific exchange and training. The agreement is expected to be the first of many to be initiated by CSIRO in the energy sector following the opening of the Australian Resources Research Centre in Perth later this year.