• 3 minutes War for Taiwan?
  • 7 minutes How China Is Racing To Expand Its Global Energy Influence
  • 10 minutes Is it time to talk about Hydrogen?
  • 31 mins U.S. Presidential Elections Status - Electoral Votes
  • 3 hours “Cushing Oil Inventories Are Soaring Again” By Tsvetana Paraskova
  • 1 day Supreme Court rules against Cuomo's coronavirus limits
  • 18 hours Mail IN Ballot Fraud
  • 10 hours “Did Authorities Do Enough To Find Out Why Oil Prices Went Negative?” By Irina Slav – Nov 26th
  • 17 hours Biden's Green New Deal- Short Term - How Will He Start to Transition Out Of Crude?
  • 6 hours WTI / ​​​​​​​Price Forecasting 
  • 20 hours America Could Go Fully Electric Right Now
  • 1 day Saudi Arabia Seeks to Become Top Hydrogen Exporter
  • 2 days “Consumers Will Pay For Carbon Pricing Costs” by Irina Slav

Breaking News:

Volkswagen Readies Compact EV For 2023

Biomass Plants Proposed to Dispose of Fukushima Disaster Debris

Japan’s Forestry Agency is considering building biomass power plants that can use timber from the thousands of houses that were destroyed by the massive 11 March tsunami.

Senior vice minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries Takashi Shinohara said, "Initially, wooden debris will be used for power generation and when it becomes financially viable, wood thinned from forests will be used," Kyodo news agency reported.

The Forestry Agency noted that the earthquake and subsequent tsunami created 25 million tons of debris from houses alone, with roughly 70 percent of it wood and even excluding waterlogged debris there are still 5 million tons available.

Critics are questioning the financial viability of the idea. Miyuki Tomari of the Biomass Industrial Society Network said, “It's good so long as there is debris, but that is after all a stopgap,” noting that of the country’s 144 timber-based biomass plants, "Many are struggling after having failed to eke out a profit."

The Forestry Agency is considering building five plants adjacent to timber processing factories, including those slated for reconstruction from the tsunami. Takashi Shinohara, senior vice minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, said, "Initially, wooden debris will be used for power generation and when it becomes financially viable, wood thinned from forests will be used."

By. Charles Kennedy, Deputy Editor OilPrice.com



Join the discussion | Back to homepage



Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News