Toshiba signs collaboration agreement for 44 MW bioenergy plant

By Erin Voegele | January 24, 2019

Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corp. recently announced that its consolidated subsidiary, Sigma Power Ariake Corp., has signed an agreement with the city of Omuta, Japan, for the construction of a new biomass power plant.

According to Toshiba ESS, Toshiba Corp. first announced plans to build the facility in November 2018, noting SPAC already owns and operates the Mikawa Power Plant in Omuta. The new biomass plant will be constructed adjacent to the existing Mikawa plant. It will consist of two 22 MW units that will have a combined capacity of 44 MW. Construction on the facility is expected to begin during the fall of 2019, with operations beginning in early 2022. 

The existing Mikawa Power plant began operations as a coal-fired facility in 2005. It began co-firing biomass in 2008, and was retrofitted to operate as a biomass power plant in 2017.

Information released by Toshiba EES indicates the new biomass facility will help meet Japan’s goal to source 22-24 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

Additional information on the project is available on the Toshiba website