SynTech Bioenergy announces distributorship in Japan

By SynTech Bioenergy | August 18, 2017

SynTech Bioenergy, a Denver-based renewable energy technology company, has officially announced the formation of its Japanese distributorship in Tokyo, Japan, under the name SynTech Japan Co. LTD. SynTech Japan is now the exclusive distributor of BioMax units in Japan. The office will support installations of SynTech Bioenergy's technology for delivering clean energy through advanced thermal conversion of biomass and other waste materials in Japan.

SynTech Japan and SynTech Bioenergy will commission an initial commercial plant in Mie Prefecture this fall to showcase BioMax as a reliable and profitable technology for the Japanese market. The office is headed by Toshiya Saito and Henry Takata, who are well versed in the renewable energy sector in Japan.

Developing viable, cost-effective alternative energy technologies is especially critical for Japan, which plans to increase biomass generation to up to 4.6 percent (45 billion kWh) of its energy mix by 2030. "One of the big themes in Japanese biomass generation is 'localized production for local consumption,' and the tariff system favors smaller generation facilities utilizing local feedstock," said Toshiya. "SynTech's biomass energy systems are well situated to contribute to the growth of local renewable energy resources and achieving the country's energy goals."

"We are confident that the Japanese market represents a very significant immediate market opportunity for our BioMax product line," said Wayne McFarland, CEO of SynTech Bioenergy (US). "Our technology is proven and addresses a growing mandate for renewable energy while also offering unparalleled opportunities for waste remediation and is particularly well suited for projects in the 2 MW and under market in Japan."

SynTech's BioMax systems are based on proprietary small-scale downdraft gasification and combined-heat-and-power (CHP) technologies. The systems are housed in standard ISO shipping containers, making them easy to transport and install. The BioMax units are modular and scalable for electrical output from 165 kW up to 2 MW. They can be powered by a variety of abundant biomass and waste materials, such as wood wastes, nut shells, and fruit pits. The only byproduct is high grade organic biochar, which can be used as a soil amendment to aid plant growth. BioMax biochar also meets current standards for activated carbon for use in air and water filtration. SynTech's biomass energy systems are ideally suited to meeting Japan's energy needs. The systems are proven, fully automated, can be operated remotely, and neither use nor produce water.