EnviTec commissions biogas plant in Japan

By EnviTec | April 15, 2015

Even today, four years after the terrible disaster, Fukushima is a memorial for a radical energy revolution in Japan and across the globe. Together with Renagen Inc., a Japanese biogas company, EnviTec Biogas is supporting Japan’s green energy objectives and has just successfully commissioned its first biogas plant in Osaka Prefecture.

The 250 kW EnviWaste plant is the pilot project for the strategic partnership between EnviTec and Renagen. The company is part of Rematec Group, a leading waste recycling company based in Japan and South-East Asia. “With this plant we, together with EnviTec Biogas, can for the first time demonstrate the enormous efficiency of the waste-to-energy technology used here to the Japanese market,” said Daisuke Mishima, CEO of Renagen.


Establish up to ten biogas plants in cooperation per year

For the industrial country of Japan, energy generation from waste material marks an important step towards the attainment of the country’s climate objectives. With a population of over 126 million, Japan is ranked as the tenth most populous country in the world. Before the Tsunami disaster, the island country ranked at third place among the world’s largest producers of nuclear-generated electricity, coming in after the U.S. and France.

An annual total of up to ten biogas plants is planned for construction in Japan within the scope of the cooperation with EnviTec. “The initial steps for two additional plants have already been introduced,” said Roel Slotman, chief commercial officer of the Lohne-based biogas all-rounder.


Fixed feed-in compensations

With the equivalent in euro of 30 cents to twenty years, the Japanese government has now introduced guaranteed feed-in compensations. To date, oil from the Gulf region and coal from Australia have been the most important sources of energy besides atomic energy. A vanishingly small four percent of Japan’s energy was derived from renewable energy sources. However, the current government under Prime Minister Shinzô Abe recently advocated for renewed operation of nuclear power plants – naturally after a thorough scientific examination. Whatever the final decision might be, a foundation stone for driving Japan’s green energy revolution has been laid with the first biogas plant project by EnviTec and Renagen.