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Vice-Governor of Fukushima inaugurates Asia’s first E3 power plant

Six years after the tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster that hit Japan, the Vice-Governor of Fukushima prefecture Toshiyuki Hata was able to inaugurate the first E3 biomass-fired micro combined heat and power (CHP) plant at a hotel and spa at the Nishigo health resort.

Inauguration of the first E3 micro biomass-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant to Japan (photo courtesy Entrade).

Located at the small health resort Nishigo, the combined heat and power (CHP) plant uses biomass which is available in the region – wood pellets derived from waste wood and sawdust – to provide a hotel and spa resort with electricity and heat.

Installed by Germany-based Entrade Energiesysteme GmbH, the unit supplies enough heat to bring the water for the healing treatments to a pleasant temperature and to heat the rooms of the hotel. After the successful start-up of the pilot plant further E3 power plants are to be set up by local Japanese partner Fujita Construction.

Besides delivering clean energy to large industrial estates in the United Kingdom (UK), we now demonstrate a further application of our innovative power plants here in Japan: in the energy-intensive hotel and tourism industry. As of today, we start to reduce the load on the Japanese power grids together with our partners and still make even more renewable energy available. Our special thanks go to Governor Masao Uchibori, entrepreneur Mitsuo Fujita but also to the government of North-Rhine Westphalia, which has been cultivating a close cooperation with the Fukushima prefecture, said Julien Uhlig, CEO for Entrade.

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