The project generates power from renewable biomass resources that are in abundance and would otherwise be treated as rubbish.
The plant which is owned and operated by Yamagata Green Power a subsidiary of renewable energy development firm Japan Biomass Development, received the Best Renewable Energy Power Plant of the Year by Asian Power magazine.
Japan wants to increase renewable energy production to 3% of the country’s overall energy supply by 2010 an the biomass fuel production which is hoped to be 330MW by 2010, will sure help.
The plant is located in Japan’s largest cherry producing region and runs completely on wood gas without and backup fuel.
A forest nearby means the facility has a steady source of wood biomass for raw fuel and makes use of the forest’s trimmed branches, which had been disposed of previously. However, the basic question – can Japan grow trees faster than they can burn them up?