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Japanese biomass "EnergyBlock" installation inaugurated

The Japanese community of Kawaba and the forestry community Gunma can now independently produce electricity and heat from wood using an "EnergyBlock" from Germany-headed biomass gasification plant manufacturer Spanner Re² GmbH. The complete “ready to use” biomass combined heat and power (CHP) was supplied by the Bavarian manufacturer and the official inauguration ceremony took place on May 9.

The Japanese community of Kawaba and the forestry community Gunma can now independently produce electricity and heat from local wood using a Spanner Re² “EnergyBlock”. The new plant was inaugurated May 9 (photo courtesy Spanner Re²).

According to a statement, the new EnergyBlock has been up and running since April of this year. The total operational solution includes a containerised biomass  CHP, coordinated conveying and discharge technology as well as a fully automatic woodchip drying plant. Thanks to the factory pre-installation and “Plug & Play” system, the EnergyBlock started operation only two months after delivery.

The single unit has a power output of 45 kWe and 102 kWth and is fitted inside a single 40-foot container. The electricity generated will be sold to private customers in Tokyo and fed into the public electricity grid under the feed-in tariff (FIT). The resulting heat is used for drying the woodchip and for running a greenhouse in Kawaba.

The project is a local pilot project that will benefit the whole region. The community of Kawaba founded the company “Woodvillage Kawaba” to take over the plant operation and the wood used to fuel the EnergyBlock is supplied solely by local forest management.

Forests cover 83 percent of Kawaba’s area. With this initiative, we want to push the progess of our community and to present a model for the further development of Japan, said Mayor Kyotaro Toyama at the opening ceremony.

The pilot project of the community of Kawaba and the forestry community of Gunma has been well received.

All the participants who are involved are excited, it’s fun to see the result – a solid technology is, of course, a requirement for this. As a manufacturer in Japan, we are close to the customer and – understand the natural environmental and social conditions. This understanding is key to the success of the project and we will continue to focus on these factors for continued future success, said Dr Oskar Bartenstein, Managing Director of Spanner KK, the Japan-based subsidiary of Spanner Re² GmbH.

With over a decade 10 of experience and over 660 biomass CHP’s installed worldwide, Spanner Re² is a leading global expert in electricity and heat generation from wood. According to the company, its EnergyBlock is unique to the market and operates “on+off-grid”, creating a flexible energy solution, even for less well-developed areas.

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