Chapter 15

Local Activity of Biomass Use in Japan

Hiroshi Yoshida, Toshio Nomiyama, Nobuhide Aihara, Ryoichi Yamazaki, Sachiho Arai and Hiroyuki Enomoto


Over the last decade, the government of Japan has made efforts to promote local biomass utilization through the establishment of biomass towns over the country. This chapter describes the general features of biomass town plans and discusses the main reasons for their unsatisfactory performance. Further, the chapter illustrates the current salutations and challenges for developing renewable energy utilization with emphases on legislative framework and economic viability through case studies for two biomass towns: Kuzumaki and Higashiomi. The case of Kuzumaki highlights the need for separation ...

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