ElectraTherm supplies generator to Japanese biomass plant

By ElectraTherm | February 06, 2018

ElectraTherm, a leader in distributed waste heat to power generation, shipped a Power-plus Generator to Japan to generate fuel-free, emission-free electricity. The Power-plus will utilize the waste heat streams from three reciprocating engines running on biomass. The power will supplement the grid where energy demand outweighs supply, producing 24/7 renewable energy at an incentivized rate. This is ElectraTherm’s first biomass application in Japan, where the company already has two installations on micro-geothermal power plants.

ElectraTherm utilizes Organic Rankine Cycle and proprietary technologies to generate power from low-temperature heat ranging from 77-122 degrees Celsius. ElectraTherm has over 20 sites worldwide where biomass is the feedstock—mainly from woodchips and chicken manure feeding biomass boilers. At this particular site, biomass is gasified to fuel small engines to produce distributed baseload power. All the energy produced by the engines and the ElectraTherm ORC is sold back to the grid at an incentivized rate.

“Japan has growing energy supply concerns and intermittent renewables have really grown,” said John Fox, managing director of ElectraTherm. “The desire for 24/7 baseload renewables is raising interest in biomass as a great addition to their renewable energy portfolio goals. Japan offers an attractive feed-in-tariff rate for renewable energy and the ability to supplement the grid with baseload power is especially attractive.”

ElectraTherm’s Power-plus Generators utilize waste heat on applications such as internal combustion engines, biomass boilers, incinerators, geothermal and also flare to power methane utilization at wastewater treatment plants and oil & gas fields. ElectraTherm’s Power-plus fleet of 60-plus global installations has exceeded 790,000 hours of run time. A list of reference sites is currently available on the website.