June 29 (Renewables Now) – Japan’s Shizen Energy Inc announced on Monday it has held a completion ceremony for a 1.99-MW biomass power plant in Kagoshima prefecture.
Located in Satsuma town, the wood-fired facility had been in construction since May of last year. According to the Japanese firm, Satsuma is capable of generating enough power to meet the consumption of 4,500 local homes.
The wood chips that will power the Satsuma Town Biomass Power Station, as it is named, will be manufactured by local firm Satsuma Town Biofuel LLC. Most of the raw material will come from unused wood in the area. Shizen estimates about 30,000 tonnes of wood chips will be used annually.
In order to guarantee a stable raw material income to fuel the biomass plant, Shizen plans to utilise bark, which is commonly not used in large power plants, the company said.