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Japanese steelmaker uses biomass

February 19, 2015
By Argus

Feb. 19, 2015, Tokyo — Japanese steelmaker Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal (NSSMC) is expanding biomass usage for in-house power generation in a bid to cut emissions and promote the regional wood industry.

The country’s renewable energy feed-in-tariff (Fit) has also prompted increased biomass throughputs. NSSMC has started full operations at a 330MW on-site unit co-fired by wood chips and coal at its Oita steelworks in southern Oita prefecture. The company aims to use 12,000 t/yr of domestically sourced wood chips.

And NSSMC plans to boost wood-chip consumption to 48,000 t/yr from just 7,000 t/yr by June, through the upgrade of a 149MW unit, co-fired with coal, at its Kamaishi works in northern Iwate prefecture.

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