Entrade Energiesysteme to build first biomass plant in Hawaii
Oct 2, 2013 - German wood-to-energy firm Entrade Energiesysteme AG said Tuesday it would build the first biomass power plant in the US state of Hawaii, with project planning and implementation being carried out by its subsidiary Agnion Energy GmbH.
The plant, with an expected capacity of 45 kW, will arise on the island of Oahu near the capital of Honolulu and will use available biomass resources. The plant will burn wood chips to generate electricity and cooling.
Since Hawaii does not have its own oil or gas reserves and is largely dependent on imports to cover its energy needs, electricity costs there are one of the highest in the whole world. Simultaneously, available biomass resources have insufficiently been used so far.
According to Entrade's manager Julien Uhlig, the energy use of biomass at decentralised installations in Hawaii offers enormous potential of up to 5 MW of electricity per year.