Micro biomass CHP plant fired up in Fukushima, more planned
Six years after the natural disaster and the reactor catastrophe in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture, Gov. Masao Uchibori inaugurated a small-scale biomass power plant at health resort Nishigo, the first of a series of plants that Entrade said it plans to build in coming weeks.
Entrade’s E3 design a micro combined-heat-and-power system that provides a decentralized energy supply in developed and emerging markets. In a high-temperature reactor, the compact power station module uses solid biomass to generate high-quality syngas, which is used to produce up to 25 kW of electricity and 60 kW of thermal energy.
The Nishigo E3 plant uses biomass available in the region—for instance, pellets derived from waste wood and saw dust—to provide a hotel and a spa with electricity and heat. “By using biomass from the region, we protect the environment together with Entrade, and in addition create jobs,” said Mitsuo Fujita, managing director of the building company Fujita Construction, and operator of the hotel and spa resort Abukuma. “In the future, we plan to derive a third of the energy that is required here around the clock from E3 power plants.”
The first power plant will supply enough heat to bring the water for the healing treatments to an appropriate temperature, and to heat the rooms of the hotel. “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,” said 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. 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.”