23 May '14, 1pm

Japan Market for Small Geothermal Projects to Expand, Says IHI

The Tokyo-based company has developed a 20-kilowatt generator capable of turning hot water into electricity that can be set up in as little as half a day, said Tomohiko Yamaguchi, an IHI official in charge of marketing the product. “The government may want to push large-scale geothermal projects, but big ones are having a hard time,” Yamaguchi said in an interview on May 20. “Small ones are easier to set up. They are faster to expand.” Smaller geothermal plants may prove popular in Japan because their scale makes them more manageable for operators, offering a quicker way to build out the island nation’s rich sources of heat below the earth’s surface. The market to utilize heat from hot springs “is becoming active , helped by the government’s focus on clean energy,” Yamaguchi said. Since IHI’s “Heat Recovery” generation device went on sale in August, the company has receive...

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