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Japan explores biomass potential

On Friday, Japan’s governor, Masao Uchibori, inaugurated the first E3 clean power plant plant in a small health resort in Nishigo.

This move comes six years after the country’s natural disaster and the Fukushima reactor catastrophe.

The clean energy power plant is manufactured by ENTRADE, and uses biomass as its primary feedstock including pellets derived from waste wood and saw dust, which is widely available in the region.

The generated power is used to electrify a hotel and a spa resort with electricity and heat.

Biomass expansion plan

According to a company statement, additional E3 power plants will be installed in the coming weeks.

Mitsuo Fujita, managing director of the building company Fujita Construction and operator of the hotel and spa resort Abukuma said that by using biomass from the region we protect the environment together with the plant manufacturers and in addition create jobs. Read more…

“In the future we plan to derive a third of the energy which is required here around the clock from E3 power plants (25 electrical, 55 kW thermal),” Fujita noted.

The first power plant supplies enough heat to bring the water for the healing treatments to a pleasant temperature and to heat the rooms of the hotel.

The firm added that this means going easy on the resources, saving costs and besides that strengthening the regional economy. Read more…

“Besides delivering clean energy to large industrial estates in Great Britain, we now demonstrate a further application of our innovative power plants here in Japan: in the energy-intensive hotel and tourism industry,” says Julien Uhlig, CEO at ENTRADE.

“As of today we start to reduce the load on the Japanese power grids together with our partners and still make even more renewable energy available.”

Uhlig added: “Our special thanks go to the governor Masao Uchibori, entrepreneur Mitsuo Fujita but also to the government of North-Rhine Westphalia, which has been cultivating a close cooperation with the Fukushima prefecture.”


Featured image: Entrade

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.