EU-Japan small-scale biomass gasification seminar

16 January 2019 – Higashihiroshima City and Art Center Kurara

Hosted by the 14th Conference on Biomass Science

The speakers from left to right:
Roberto Mussi (Yanmar R&D Europe), Markus Goelles (Bioenergy 2020+), Francesco Patuzzi (Univ. Bozen-Bolzano), Maurizio Cocchi (ETA-Florence), Takanobu Aikawa (Renewable Energy Institute), Yukihiko Matsumura (Univ. Hiroshima), Marco Baratieri (Univ. Bozen-Bolzano), Stefan Martini (Bioenergy2020+), Kenichi Sasauchi(Chugai Ro Co Ltd.)

The EU-Japan Small-Scale Biomass Gasification Seminar jointly organized by the Japan Institute of Energy and the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, with the support of the University of Bozen, was held on 16 January in Hiroshima. The seminar was hosted by the 14th Conference of Biomass Science and attracted around 120 participants.

In recent years, the use of wood and wood residues for heat and power production from small-scale decentralized plants has increased in Japan, thanks to the growing interest in renewable energy and to the adoption of a supportive National policy framework. Speakers from Japan presented the evolution and the current state of small-scale biomass gasification plants in the country. At present, around 20 small-scale gasification plants are installed in Japan, and more than 90 projects are in the planning phase, most of these installations are based on European technologies. Speakers from the Europe presented the recent technological and research trends in small-scale biomass gasification technologies, the possible strategies for the valorization of co-products (char and bio-oil), and experiences with load modulation and fuel flexibility of this kind of plants. Methodologies for the monitoring of the energy and environmental performance of small-scale gasifiers were also presented, as well as the results of a large monitoring campaign conducted on a series of commercial plants.

While National feed-in tariffs still represent a major driver for small scale biomass power in Japan, most experts at the seminar agreed there is a concrete need to optimize both the technologies and the biomass value chains, in order to ensure the long-term viability of these plants and to support the growth of this sector in the future. The biomass feedstock generally available locally for small-scale gasifiers presents differences in quality and elemental composition compared to the feedstock normally available in Europe. This requires adaptations both at process level to ensure a good availability of the plants, as well as in the biomass supply chain, to ensure a stable and supply of feedstock compliant with the process requirements.

The slides of the seminar are available below.

Save the Date: Second EU Japan Biomass Seminar at EUBCE 2019

Building on the outcomes of this seminar, the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition and the Japanese Institute of Energy will continue the collaboration to promote international cooperation between European and Japanese organizations in the development of sustainable biomass value chains. To this aim, the second EU-Japan Biomass Seminar will be organized on the 27th of May in Lisbon, as a side event of the EUBCE 2019.

The seminar will be an opportunity to present the latest trends in Japan to the global bioenergy community, to foster interaction among researchers, technology providers and project developers to explore opportunities for International cooperation and networks. The detailed agenda will be available soon.

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Slides EU-Japan Small Scale Gasification Seminar 16 January 2019 – Hiroshima a

Session one: research and technology context
Chairmen: Yukihiko Matsumura – Japan Institute of Energy, Maurizio Cocchi – ETA Florence

Maurizio Cocchi, ETA Florence

Technology overview: main small-scale gasification technologies, point of strength and critical issues
Marco Baratieri – Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Present situation and problems of small biomass gasification plants in Japan
Kenichi Sasauchi – Chugai Ro Co.Ltd

fuel and load flexibility of small-scale gasification systems to act as a balancing technology in a future sustainable cross-sectoral resource and energy system
Markus Gölles – Bioenergy 2020+ GmbH

Valorization of co-products of small-scale gasification plants (biochar and bio-oil) and importance for overall profitability of the plant
Francesco Patuzzi – Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Sustainable biomass procurement for the Japanese Energy sector
Takanobu Aikawa – Renewable Energy Institute

Methodologies for the monitoring of small-scale gasification systems – energy and environmental performance assessment
Stefan Martini – Bioenergy 2020+ GmbH

Session 2: Case studies and industry perspectives
Chairmen: Marco Baratieri (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano); Takanobu Aikawa (Renewable Energy Institute)

Case study of South Tyrol (Italy) – results of environmental and performance monitoring of gasification plants
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

and technology challenges with 50 and 250 kWe wood biomass gasifiers installed in Japan – plant efficiency, adaptation to local feedstock and use of biochar
Sinichi Kishiba, Rewrite Inc/RM Group

Operational experience of Yanmar R&D Europe on a small scale fixed bed gasification system
Roberto Mussi, Yanmar R&D Europe

Co- organized by the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition with the support of the Free University of Bozen and The Japan Institute of Energy