Energy / Climate Change

June 9, 2011


Plant to Manufacture Wood Pellets from Forest Residues Completed in Miyazaki Prefecture

Keywords: Non-manufacturing industry Reduce / Reuse / Recycle Renewable Energy 

Miyazaki Wood Pellet Co. in southern Japan's Miyazaki Prefecture completed construction of a wood pellet manufacturing plant on March 4, 2011. The company was jointly established by Electric Power Development Co. (J-POWER), an electric power supplier, and the Miyazaki Prefecture Federation Forest Owners' Cooperative Association. The plant, the largest of its kind in Japan, has an annual processing capacity of 80,000 cubic meters of forest residues and other wood biomass and an annual production capacity of 25,000 tons of wood pellets.

Miyazaki Wood Pellet was established in December 2009 with the aim to manufacture and market wood pellets for use as a fuel for power generation from forest residues and other untapped wood biomass. The construction of its wood pellet manufacturing plant began in July 2010 in Kobayashi City, Miyazaki Prefecture, with the support of the Forest Management Acceleration and Forestry Revitalization Project of Miyazaki Prefecture.

Manufactured wood pellets will be co-combusted with coal in a power boiler at the Matsuura Thermal Power Station (in Matsuura City, Nagasaki) of J-POWER. The average co-firing ratio is expected to be about 0.4 percent annually. The annual biomass power output is expected to be about 45 million kilowatt-hours, which translates into an annual carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction of about 40,000 tons.

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Posted: 2011/06/09 06:00:15 AM



Efficient Use of Logging Residue in Japan's Forest (Page 51 of J-POWER Group Sustainability Report 2010)