Naval Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indonesia’s PT PAL to commence work on establishing a new energy research laboratory.

The new lab is being created to support the development of next-generation submarine energy and propulsion solutions.

The strategic cooperation was signed during the ongoing Indo Defence 2022 Expo and Forum in Jakarta, Indonesia on 2 November.

It was signed between Naval Group India, Asia and Pacific vice-president Nicolas de La Villemarque and PT PAL Indonesia CEO Kaharuddin Djenod.

The event was also attended by various dignitaries and officials including Indonesian defence minister Prabowo Subianto.

Nicolas de La Villemarqué said: “Our goal is to develop a long-term partnership with Indonesian partners for Submarine programme, either during construction and maintenance phase, but and also to collaborate on research and development (R&D) projects so as to prepare future of naval domain in Indonesia.”

The latest signing builds on a previously signed agreement between PT PAL and Naval Group.

Under this R&D effort, the two companies are working together with other Indonesian companies, universities and research partners to develop future of naval technologies in the country.

The scope of work primarily includes embedded electrical network and exploring different capabilities to produce and operate lithium-ion batteries and hydrogen cells in Indonesia by transfer of technology and knowledge from Naval Group.

According to PT PAL, work will also include exploring several energy storage technologies for submarines, including fuel cells and air-independent propulsion systems.

The cooperation will further strengthen Indonesia’s maritime capability and provide long-term economic benefits to the nation by generating new job opportunities locally. 

Djenod said: “The collaboration between PT PAL and Naval Group begins with building lithium battery for submarines.”