HIGH LIGHT 05 Transition to Renewable Power Generation Powering Clean Energy Circulation in Region

While implementation of renewable energy is being promoted throughout the world, wood biomass as an energy source is gaining attention, which can supply stable electricity and contribute to vitalization of the region.

The Sumitomo Forestry Group aims to expand the renewable energy business to a scale of 200MW by March 2019 through cooperating with stakeholders in each region by utilizing know-how cultivated in businesses focusing on wood and by expanding the wood biomass power generation business which lead to the realization of circular economy.

SDGs,7,13,17

Example: SDG targets 7.2

By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

Sumitomo Forestry's contribution in achieving the goal

  • Expanding the renewable power generation
  • Contributing to regional resource recycling through the business
  • Partnership with local governments for the business

Accelerating the building of 200MW system
Forecast of Renewable Energy Generation Business

The power generation business of the Sumitomo Forestry Group is characterized as coherent system that covers procurement of wood resources to production of fuel wood chips and power generation and we announced to expand the renewable energy business to a scale of 200MW by March 2019 (plan base).

We have built and operated urban-sourced and forest-sourced wood biomass power plants up to now but we plan to expand biomass power generation plant that use imported timber as its main fuel. We will also search for new business possibilities considering construction of wind power generation plant in the premise of our company-owned forests while looking at resource recycling in the region.

Generating power for approximately 27,000 households using unused wood materials in the region
Start Running the Hachinohe Biomass Power Generation Plant

In April 2018, the Mombetsu Biomass Power Generation Plant began operations as the fourth wood biomass power generation plant by our Group in Japan. Its power generation capacity is 12.4MW. The Mombetsu Biomass Power Generation Plant is located in a mountainous area generating power using unused wood materials from forests in Sanpachi, Kamikaze, and Shimokita areas, and supplies electricity equaling to the amount of power used by approximately 27,000 households.

Eastern Aomori is an agricultural area unique for having many satoyamas and has a high ratio of privately-owned forests.

The Hachinohe Biomass Power Generation Plant is able to return profits to the owners of the forest areas while using the resources in the region by making wood chips from every part of the tree, from its trunk to branches, locally.

In addition, we are also contributing to the vitalization of the local economy through using the Hachinohe Port close to the power plant for importing Perm Kernel Shell (PKS) that are used as auxiliary fuel. Furthermore, we are striving to contribute to the region through recycling resources from the satoyama in partnership with local companies such as ash generated being reused by the Hachinohe Cement Co., Ltd. material for making cement.

Name of power plant Power generation capacity Start of operations Characteristic
① Mombetsu Biomass Power Generation Plant 50MW December 2016 Our first forest-sourced biomass power generation plant that use unused forest material procured from the Okhotsk region as its main fuel.
② Tomakomai Biomass Power Generation Plant 6.2MW April 2017 Forest-sourced biomass power generation plant that use unused forest material procured from the Tomakomai region (Iburi, Hidaka, and Shiribeshi) as its main fuel.
③ Hachinohe Biomass Power Generation Plant 12.4MW April 2018 Forest-sourced biomass power generation plant that use unused forest material procured mainly from Sanpachi, Kamikaze, and Shimokita areas as its main fuel.
④ Kashima Solar Power Generation Plant 876kw November 2013 Original wooden mount mainly of Japanese cedar is used for the stand of the solar panel. Operated utilizing the company idle land in the Kashima City, Ibaraki.
⑤ Kawasaki Biomass Power Generation Business 33MW February 2011 Urban-sourced biomass power generation plant utilizing recycled chips produced by using construction waste from Tokyo and surrounding suburb. It is equipped with environmental mechanisms, such as a flue gas desulfurization, flue gas and exhaust gas denitrizer equipment and clears Kawasaki City’s strict environmental standards.
⑥ Karita Biomass Power Generation Plant 75MW June, 2021
(planned)
Plans to mainly use pallets from U.S. and palm kernel shell from Indonesia as its main fuel and unused forest material procured from other Northern Kyushu region as fuel.
 

Contribution to Vitalization of Regional Forestry Industry Through Effective Use of Resources

We place importance in fully using the valuable forest resources. We are procuring wood chips made from unused wood materials such as foliage and short timber that were left in logging sites. We are also promoting initiative to partially use barks generated at sawmills and in large quantities at that were mostly disposed as waste.

We hope to contribute to the vitalization of the local forestry business through the effective use of resources.

Michinoku Bio Energy Co., Ltd. Katsuyasu Yo

Katsuyasu Yo
Manager
Michinoku Bio Energy Co., Ltd.

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