Energy / Climate Change

January 27, 2012


Current Status of Biomass Power in Japan (2011)

Keywords: Renewable Energy 

Ratio of Japanese domestic power generation from biomass by source as of March 2010 (installed capacity) *Excluding biomass-coal co-firing power generation

The cumulative installed capacity for power generation from biomass in Japan grew by a little more than 2% over the previous year, with no major changes in the overall current trend, compared to a 7.5-times increase between 1990 and the end of 2009. Power generation from waste accounted for 92.6% of the total, with municipal waste contributing 56% and industrial waste 36.6%.

Biomass power production from wood and food/livestock, which are seen as promising sources of renewable energy at the local level, have also shown a dramatic increase since 2002. However, power production using woody waste from forests remains relatively unchanged at about 6%, highlighting the need for revitalization of the forest industry as well as the cascading use of forestry biomass resources through active utilization of domestic lumber.


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