4 April 2017 2017 09:15 AM GMT

Clean Energy Revolution For Japan: Inauguration Of Asia’s First E3 Power Plant

Six years after the natural disaster and the reactor catastrophe in the Fukushima prefecture, governor Masao Uchibori has inaugurated the first E3 power plant by pressing the button that starts the operations. The clean energy power plant by ENTRADE, located at the small health resort Nishigo, uses biomass which is available in the region – for instance pellets derived from waste wood and sawdust – to provide a hotel and a spa resort with electricity, heat and cooling. After the successful start-up of the pilot plant further E3 power plants shall be set up during the following weeks.

By using biomass from the region we protect the environment together with ENTRADE and in addition, create jobs” says Mitsuo Fujita, managing director of the building company Fujita Construction and operator of the hotel and spa resort Abukuma, beautifully situated in the woodland. “In the future, we plan to derive a third of the energy which is required here around the clock from E3 power plants (25 electrical, 55 kW thermal).”

The first power plant, which was installed by ENTRADE, supplies enough heat to bring the water for the healing treatments to a pleasant temperature and to heat the rooms of the hotel. This means going easy on the resources, saving costs and besides that strengthening the regional economy.

“Besides delivering clean energy to large industrial estates in Great Britain, we now demonstrate a further application of our innovative power plants here in Japan: in the energy-intensive hotel and tourism industry, ” says Julien Uhlig, CEO at ENTRADE. “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 the 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.”

ENTRADE has developed the smallest power plant of the world since 2009 that is able to produce electricity, heat and cooling from various waste products. The E3 power plants are manufactured in Crimmitschau, Saxonia. An assembling line has been established in Knowsley Industrial Park, near Liverpool. By now ENTRADE has become a decentralised energy provider and has realised large-scale projects as the one at Knowsley Industrial Parc, the greenest industrial zone in England. The centrepiece is the combination of a few hundred E3 power plants, creating a highly flexible virtual power plant. Besides that ENTRADE is part of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator as well of the German Accelerator program in Silicon Valley.

October 10th 2017
Enel Starts Construction Of Australia’s Largest Solar PV Project

The Bungala Solar One facility is part of the Bungala Solar PV Project and will have an installed capacity of 137.7 MW out of a total of more than 275 MW for the whole project, that will be able to produce 570 GWh per year. The facility will cover an area of approximately 300 hectares and will consist of about 420,000 polycrystalline PV modules mounted on single-axis tracker structures which will follow the Sun’s path from east to west; increasing the amount of energy produced by the plant, compared to PV modules with fixed structures. The overall Bungala Solar PV project is expected to become fully operational in early 2019.

October 9th 2017
ASEAN Eyes Clean Energy To Fuel Economic Growth And Build Climate Resilience

Governments of ASEAN and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), have established a strategy to accelerate the region’s transition to low-carbon, sustainable energy and build its climate resilience. “Increasing investment in renewable energy across Southeast Asia’s growing populations has significant social and economic benefits across the region, liberating them from expensive fossil fuel imports while boosting economic growth, supporting energy security, job creation and national resilience,” said Adnan Z. Amin, co-chair of the Dialogue.

October 17th 2017
Grids Integration, Energy Networks Boosted By Distributed Generation Growth

Renewable energy has continued to develop at ever increasing rates, with remarkable growth seen since the start of this decade. The pace of the energy transition is driving innovation and growth in related sectors. For energy networks and grids integrating small gas turbines, micro-turbines, fuel cells, biomass, small hydropower, wind and solar energy; distributed generation installation provides significant solutions in the restructured electricity regime. This is particularly so, where there is a larger uncertainty in demand and supply.

October 16th 2017
Uganda Inaugurates Breakthrough Tororo PV Plant. A Future Model For Africa?

Production has commenced at the Tororo PV power plant; which, with 16 GWh of renewable energy generated annually, will cater for the energy requirements of 35,838 people and help reduce CO2 emissions by 7,200 tons. Overall, $19.6 million was invested to build the 10 MWp plant, with the engagement of several major organisations including KfW and FMO Development Banks, the World Bank and the EU. Attilio Pacifici, EU Ambassador said, “One of the key objectives of this plan is to encourage private sector participation in higher risk investments and we’re happy to demonstrate that Uganda is well positioned to be successful and a good model for replication.”


 

   

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