Installing a fixed biomass boiler in Otoineppu, Japan
in the context of the dena Renewable Energy Solutions Programme
- After the nuclear crisis in Fukushima, Japan has intensified the subsidies for renewable energies on national, as well as on local basis
- The main focus lies on the use of domestic resources
- The Japanese forestry has been modified, among others with the support of German experts
- The German partner Nolting possesses outstanding technical know-how, as well as high standard facilities
- With respect to the energy transition and the huge demand for sophisticated international technology and know-how, the support for German companies focusing on Japan becomes more important
- The set-up of a distribution network and an after-sales-service-structure goes along with high investment costs and high risks for medium-sized companies, especially in the initial period. The support by the RES-programme reduces the risks for SME tremendously.
- Realize a pilot plant in Japan as a beacon for German-Japanese cooperation projects
- Professional market entrance, strategic and sustainable introduction into the market:
Time frame for successful market entrance approx. 1-2 years
Correspondence in Japanese
Development of relevant Japanese PR-material
Increase the use of biomass by articles, interviews, seminars in Japan
Search for potential distribution partners as well as service partners
► Increase of the future energetic use of biomass in Japan
Location Otoineppu / Japan
Otoineppu has 860 inhabitants and therefore is the smallest village in the north of Hokkaido. However it possesses an art-school attended by students from all over Japan. For the future the village plans the introduction of a local heat-transmission pipeline. The mayor is motivated regarding the introduction of sustainable technologies for heat production, e.g. by using wood biomass. The heating boiler system serves as a reference object for the whole of Hokkaido.
The wood biomass boiler
The facility with a Nolting boiler for wood chips (type LCS-RV 300/350; power 350 kW) and fuel storage is located in separate buildings. The required amount of fuel per year amounts to approximately 516 tons. The fuel will be delivered from the surrounding area. For future purposes the establishment of a local wood chip-factory is considered. The installation site is located far enough away from the actual settlement area, to prevent any form of pollution through dust, smell or noise. The produced ash shall be used as fertilizer for the agriculture in the surrounding area.
In addition to that training for distribution partners and service technicians had been executed in June 2014. Furthermore the project partner NERC had presented its products at seminars in North Japan by brochures and catalogs.
The official inauguration with an information seminar about the use of wood biomass in Germany and Japan with local representatives was carried out in Sapporo on October 31st.
This project is part of the worldwide dena Renewable Energy Solutions Programme coordinated by Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) - the German Energy Agency - and co-financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) within the initiative renewables – Made in Germany.
Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena)
renewables – Made in Germany Initiative