Japan’s energy sector is going through an important transformation. One of the country’s goals is to secure a safer energy supply that is economically efficient and environmentally sustainable. That’s why the country is racing to introduce as much as 24% renewable sources into its energy mix by 2030. Electricity generated from biomass could even triple during this time as, together with hydro and geothermal, it represents a stable renewable energy supply—regardless of the weather conditions.

Hitachi Zosen Corporation has been commissioned to deliver a full turnkey 50 MW biomass power plant in Japan. As the engineering, procurement and construction company (EPC), they selected GE Steam Power to design, manufacture, and supply all key components for the Kamisu Biomass Power Generation plant project. Through this integrated power package that includes a boiler, steam turbine generator, and air quality controls systems, we can guarantee the highest efficiency for the new biomass plant.

Located in Kamisu City, Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan, the Kamisu Biomass Power Generation plant will use 100% biomass comprising palm kernel shells and wood pellets to generate 50 MW of reliable and dependable power to the national grid. The plant will be equipped with GE’s low-NOx circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler, a high-efficiency dust-removal fabric filter and a reheat steam turbine with its generator.   

“GE Steam Power’s involvement in the Kamisu Biomass Power Generation project demonstrates our commitment to applying proven steam power technology to lower carbon uses and supporting the use of more renewable fuel sources like biomass,” remarked Michael Keroulle, CEO of GE Steam Power.