Japan biomass electricity generation approaches 4 GigaWatt
Renewables in Japan is not just solar…
Looking superficially at Japan’s renewable energy sector, its easy to overestimate geo-thermal energy, and to underestimate biomass.
Biomass electricity generation capacity is about 5 times higher than geo-thermal
Currently the installed biomass electricity generation capacity is about 5 times higher than for geo-thermal energy production – a fact often overlooked in superficial discussions.
Biomass electricity production is included in Japan’s new feed-in-tariff program which started in July 2012, and is also very generous.
The figure above shows approvals for electricity generation projects from biomass under the new feed-in-tariff program, and demonstrates that after a slow start, approvals are now picking up. The sum of biomass generation facilities operating before the introduction of the new feed-in-tariffs plus approvals since July 2012 approaches 4 GigaWatt, which corresponds approximately to the generation capacity of 4 nuclear reactors.
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