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F Bit to Establish Biomass-based 'Tri-generation System' in Kochi

2019/09/19 21:22
Sousuke Kudou, technical writer
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The conclusion of the agreement (source: F Bit Communications)

F Bit Communications Corp (Kyoto City) will establish a "Tri-generation System," which uses electricity, heat and CO2, by installing next-generation horticultural facilities and biomass power generation facilities on land owned by Motoyama-cho (town in Kochi Prefecture, Japan).

F Bit concluded an agreement with Kochi Prefecture and Motoyama-cho to launch the project Sept 12, 2019. Motoyama-cho called for proposals for the "Promotion of Agricultural Cluster" from the public Aug 2, 2019, and F Bit was selected as a partner company for the project.

The company will build a next-generation house with a scale of 1.2ha and a 2MW-class woody biomass power plant to realize tri-generation for providing CO2, electricity and warm water for heating from the power plant to the next-generation house.

The next-generation house will be equipped with an integrated environmental control unit, solution culture facilities, etc to cultivate paprika. It is scheduled to be completed in February 2021.

The woody biomass power plant uses wood chips, etc as fuel. Electricity generated at the plant will be used for self-consumption and the next-generation house and sold based on the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme. The FIT tariff set for the plant will be ¥40/kWh (application pending). The plant is scheduled to be completed in May 2021.

The Tri-generation System is expected to cut the cost of energy used for greenhouse cultivation to 1/3 or lower and increase yield by about 40%. F Bit will cooperate with JA (Japan Agricultural Cooperatives) and farmers in the prefecture in fruit sorting and shipment and local forestry companies in biomass power generation.

Also, the company will employ 15 or more and about eight people for the next-generation house and the power plant, respectively.