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Spanner Re² secures second biomass CHP cascade project in Japan

Germany-based biomass gasification plant manufacturer Spanner Re² GmbH has announced that it has, via its Japanese subsidiary Spanner KK, secured a second major cascaded biomass combined heat and power (CHP) project in Japan – ten Spanner Re² Biomass CHPs, including peripherals, will be installed at a major corporation towards the end of this year.

Spanner KK has secured a second biomass gasification combined heat and power project in Japan, this time with 10 wood-fired units in cascade total 1.1 MWth and 490 kWe (image courtesy Spanner Re²).

The company sees itself as a holistic supplier in the wood gasification industry providing its customers with complete systems that the company says have proven themselves. The portfolio of the medium-sized company ranges from fully automatic woodchip drying plants, conveyor and discharge systems to multiple plants – so-called wood power cascades – and pre-installed container CHP solutions (EnergyBlock) for individual plants and for the realisation of large-scale projects using woodchips, pellets or briquettes as fuel.

Selling our biomass solutions to a major Japanese company with more than 10 000 employees is a great achievement for us and also confirms that our technology is in demand all over the world. Our customer wants to further expand its added value and generate energy sustainably and economically. Which is exactly what our biomass solutions will do while also contributing with our many years of experience in project planning, said Bernhard Seiler, Head of Business Development and Logistics at Spanner Re².

Towards the end of the year, ten wood-fired power plants with a total output of 490 kWe and around 1.1 MWth will be installed in Japan, as well as coordinated conveying and discharge technology and fully automatic woodchip dryers. Moving forward, the undisclosed client large intends to use the heat generated to supply several greenhouses on site. The electricity will be fed into the public grid under the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme).

According to Spanner Re², compared to a single large-scale plant, multiple Re² plants generate energy throughout, as maintenance work can be carried out in parallel. Also, no expensive service calls are necessary for this, as the maintenance work can be carried out 100 percent in-house, even on the series-produced engines. Thanks to the modular design of the wood energy plants, the system can also be easily expanded to include additional plants and adapted to the customer’s requirements should these change.

The project is another milestone for both Spanner Re² and us in the field of large-scale project planning. Already at the beginning of the year, the starting signal was given for a major project with 25 wood-fired power plants in Japan – the new order demonstrates the dynamism and the great potential that the East Asian market offers to generate electricity and heat from regionally sourced wood” says Oskar Bartenstein, Director of Spanner KK.

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