New bio-fuels businesses are coming into being! They utilize locally collectable woody waste such as thinned wood and residue from sawmill and produce chips and pellets as bio-fuels. The following table shows current utilization record of woody biomass in Yamaguchi, Miyazaki, Fukui and Shiga Prefectures. The businesses are aiming at realizing so-called °»produce and consume locally°…, by producing biofuels from thinned wood or forest residue of local areas, and on another hand, by distributing the biofuels in the areas so as to activate and facilitate local industries as well as everyday life of the people.
Japanese government has been taking a range of measures in order to cope with global warming problems and to realize so-called recycling societies. To expand the use of biofuels is one of the important measures. In accordance with the Kyoto Protocol, Japanese Government presented an achievement plan for utilization of biomass energy, in which target values are shown as, 5.86 million KL of COE for waste-burning power generation and biomass power generation, and 3.08 million KL of COE for biomass heat utilization, respectively. (COE=Crude Oil Equivalent)
Table°°°°Current Use of Woody Biomass
|Region||Current Use of Woody Biomass||Effect /Result of Utilization|
|Asai Factory, Sekisui House Co.(Nagahama city,Shiga Pref.)||
Table°°°°Record and Future Target of New Energy Introduction
(Unit : 10,000 KL of Crude Oil Equivalent)
(Source : Agency for Natural Resources and Energy °»Energy of Japan 2009°…)
|Area of Use||Kind of New Energy||FY2006||FY2010|
|Electric Power Generation||Solar||41.8||118|
|Waste + Biomass||290.5||586|
|Other thermal Energy||712||764|
(Ratio to Primary Energy Supply)
(abt. 3.0 %)
Note : Other use of heat = solar heat, heat of agricultural waste, unused heat energy and etc.
Fig. Record and future plan of the use of new energy (Source : Agency for Natural Resources and Energy °»Energy of Japan 2009°…)
Cf. Asahi Shimbun, Miyazaki Nichinichi Shinbun, Chunichi Shinbun and etc.
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