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Unique Biomass Technology to Protect Our Beautiful Blue-Green Earth

■ Radically Reconsider What Energy Should Be, and Become a Society Which Lets Convenient Living Coexist With a Beautiful Earth

Until now, nuclear power has been promoted in Japan as clean energy with low CO2 emissions. However, the nuclear power system disaster that accompanied the Great East Japan Earthquake caused enormous damage in Japan and shocked the world, making the spread of clean and safe energy an urgent need. Biomass power generation is attracting attention as that kind of energy. ZE Energy has been working for about 30 years to cut the load on the Earth’s environment to zero with new energy, produced by carbonizing and recycling biomass. Building on the technologies we have built up for applying biomass, we have led the way in environmental improvement measures for all kinds of industries. In recent years, we have been concentrating our efforts on the diffusion of biomass power generation, as a decisive tool for preventing climate change. Our company name “ZE Energy” reflects our hope for “Zero Emission Energy”( new energy with zero load on the Earth). Through our unique environmental technologies and consulting, we will go on contributing towards the realization of a sustainable society that coexists with the global environment.

■ What kinds of biomass energy are expected to spread?

In Japan, 14 types of fossil fuel substitute energy, including renewable energy, are specified by law.

【These are designated types of new energy:】

1. Photovoltaic generation 2. Solar heat use 3. Wind turbine generation 4. Snow and ice heat use 5. Biomass power generation 6. Biomass heat use 7. Biomass fuel manufacturing 8. Power generation from waste material 9. Waste material heat use 10. Fuel manufacturing from waste material 11. Thermal difference generation 12. Clean energy vehicles 13. Natural gas cogeneration 14. Fuel cells
※5~10 Biomass energy

■ Biomass Energy to Realize a Sustainable Society

Taking biomass that has previously been processed as waste, and using it as a substitute for fossil fuels, leads to the building of a material-cycle society to prevent climate change. Plans are under way in Europe to raise the ratio of natural energy over 50% by 2050.

After installation, we handle operation and maintenance to provide our customers with everything they need.

The introduction of biomass energy includes different system sizes and biomass types, so it is necessary to investigate the purpose and applications of the installation. Therefore, we provide consulting from the plan formulation stage, starting with an investigation of the site environment and providing attentive support through the specific design for execution, the installation works, and the introduction of biomass energy.

Confirmation of the purpose and necessity of introduction • External factors( legal regulations, support systems, technical trends, etc.)
• Internal factors( suppliable energy resource quantities, site location, economy, risk factors, etc.)

Investigation It is also necessary to investigate environmental impact in advance, so that it can be predicted.
• Atmospheric pollution, water pollution, noise, odor, vibration, etc.

Design and manufacture Prepare the specific design and advance to the installation of the generation system. At this stage, it is also necessary to clear all notifications and applications for permits and approvals. (Figure 1)

Installation and trial running Besides entrusting work related to permits and approvals, where the factory requires them, to specialist agents, we monitor the situation with a thorough check system.

Operation and maintenance Our dependable maintenance system supports business continuity, so that even in the unlikely event of a problem affecting a system, our support staff will rush to the site immediately.
(Figure 1) Notifications and applications for permits and approvals needed to install a generation system.
Item Law/Content
Power sale Feed-in tariff system Equipment certification
Power company grid linkage contract
Land and building City Planning Act Development permit application
Building Standards Act Building check application
Environment Noise Ordinances related to conservation of living environments etc. in each prefecture
Equipment installation The Electricity Business Act( safety regulations, utility pole chief engineer notification)
Factory Location Act

Humans, the Land, the Seas, the Air A Good Future for Them All is Just Ahead

The diffusion of renewable energy is now being advanced as a matter of national policy, and forms of material-cycle society, such as Smart Grids and Smart Communities, are coming into view. ZE Energy will go on using environmental solutions, centered on biomass power generation, to push forward towards a new society and energy that contribute to the three “E”s (Environment/ Energy/ Economy).

■ What is the Smart Grid?

The Smart Grid is a radical rethink of electrical networks to produce a next-generation power network which combines biomass power generation and other new generation methods with information technology. That network uses IT to the full for power supply and demand control, achieving stable power supply while saving energy.

■ Biomass power generation is expected to spread as a dispersed power generation system

Biomass power generation, which has low energy losses at the power transmission stage, and can be expected to contribute to power load leveling, is a key technology for achieving stable power supply and saving energy in the Smart Grid. In a disaster or other emergency situation, biomass power generation can produce electricity independently, giving it the advantages of a dispersed energy system.

“Zero Emission” is ZE Energy’s registered trademark, and our management concept.

ZE Energy evolved from a manufacturer of carbonization systems. Since our foundation in 1987, we have been researching “soil improvement through charcoal”, and working on environmental issues such as the circulating use of resources. At that time, almost no companies in Japan were making any effort to directly tackle environmental problems. We get closer to zero waste by making effective use of waste that was discarded as garbage. We are creating a model for a comfortable circulating model that recirculates that waste as a resource, yielding benefits for the Earth and for companies. The heartfelt mission that we took on back then remains unchanged after thirty years. Since then, our efforts have expanded and evolved with the times, from carbonization systems to biomass resource recycling and biomass power generation. To carry on our initial intent as a pioneer in environmental technology, we registered “Zero Emission” (=taking the burden on the Earth ever closer to zero) as our trademark, and set it as our management principle.

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