Toshiba to Start Construction of New Biomass Power Plant in Fukuoka— Starts operation in Autumn 2021 —
Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation
Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (hereinafter, “Toshiba ESS”) announced that its consolidated subsidiary, SIGMA POWER Ariake Corporation (hereinafter, “SPAC”) held a ground-breaking ceremony today, prior to starting the building of a biomass power plant in Omuta City, Fukuoka Prefecture. The ceremony was a success, with many in attendance including Masahiro Nakao, Mayor of Omuta City.
The power plant will be built as the Omuta No.1/No.2 Power Plant next to the Mikawa Power Plant, which is already being operated by SPAC in Omuta City. All preparation work has gone smoothly, so the plant will start operation in autumn 2021, which is earlier than expected. When the plant starts operation, the output will be 22.1 MW for each of the plants in Omuta City.
Toshiba ESS is in the position of committing to the field of renewable energy generation, and the construction of this power station is a part of that commitment. Toshiba ESS is currently operating the following renewable energy generation facilities: six solar facilities, four wind facilities, one hydropower facility, and one biomass facility. With the completion of this power station, the renewable energy generation portfolio of Toshiba ESS will be equivalent to 140 MW.
Koji Saito, Senior Vice President of Grid Aggregation Div. at Toshiba ESS, said, “We are pleased to have had the ground-breaking ceremony for the Omuta No.1/No.2 Power Plant today. Toshiba’s goal is to be a leading cyber-physical systems technology company in the energy industry with our rich experience and accumulated know-how of using integrated energy solutions and IoT technology.”
SPAC’s approach to contributing to regional communities
Prior to building these new power plants, SPAC and the Omuta City have concluded an agreement for the establishment of business facilities to contribute to the formation and development of industry and economy in the Omuta region in this January.
In addition, SPAC is going to increase the electricity storage capacity of the office from 11 kWh to 31 kWh by this December for providing electricity charges for smartphones and other devices for the Omuta region in case of natural disasters. For this purpose, SPAC is going to improve carport battery-type electricity supply systems that have on-board Toshiba’s SCiB™ Rechargeable Battery through a combination of solar power generators and electric vehicles delivered by the Mikawa Power Plant in this April.