Energy / Climate Change

December 12, 2010


Japan's MOE to Request 850 Million Yen for Hot Spring Power Generation Project in 2011 Budget

Keywords: Government Renewable Energy 

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) announced on August 25, 2010, that it would include 850 million yen in the budgetary request for FY2011 for a project to promote hot spring power generation systems by installing hot spring power generators.

Japan has many hot springs. Half of them, around 14,000, are categorized as high temperature hot springs (over 42 degrees Celsius). Many of them are cooled before use by releasing heat into the atmosphere. Hot spring power generation utilizes this excess heat energy to generate power. The technology has been advancing rapidly in recent years.

There are more than 1,500 hot springs across Japan that are suitable sites for such power generation. This project will provide subsidies for half the amount of the cost for installing a 50-kilowatt power generator to about 20 hotels. This project is planned to continue for three years, from FY2011 to FY2013.

Hot Spring Power Generation Experiment to be Conducted in Niigata (Related JFS article)

Japan's MOE official website

Posted: 2010/12/12 06:00:15 AM