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.
■ 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.
|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.