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New Trust, Katagami, Japan
Developing the greenhouse business profitable with the current wage cost structure
Volter 40 CHP
Stabilizing economy by reducing energy costs and selling electricity to the grid
Creating a model for agriculture and social welfare fields
New Trust is a company located in Katagami, Japan and is in the business of selling hydroponic vegetables. The company was established in 2008 and has created a new initiative in providing year-round employment opportunity for local disadvantaged workers. The work includes cultivating lettuce and other vegetables in greenhouses. The aim is to establish a new business model for an industry which combines agriculture and social welfare fields.
"Agricultural and social welfare organizations that use compact biomass generators are rare in Japan. By stabilizing our operations through electricity sales and year-round cultivation, we are able to provide agricultural jobs to both elderly and persons with disabilities who seek to work. We hope that, once we get our operations on track, this will help promulgate such systems across the nation."
Nakamuta, CEO, New Trust
Stabilizing operations with Volter 40 CHP
New Trust operates two hydroponics greenhouses. The total greenhouse area is 595 m2. A Volter 40 CHP is installed next to the greenhouse facilities and is generating an annual electrical output of about 300 000 kWh. The excess electricity is sold to the grid, which creates income and stabilises the company’s economics. The heat from the Volter 40 CHP is fed through the fan system to the greenhouses, which significantly reduces heating costs and enables year-round cultivation. Part of the heat is used for drying woodchip fuel, which allows buying woodchip with higher moisture content and at a lower cost.
With economic heat and electricity production, New Trust can secure jobs for socially disadvantaged people and provide decent salaries for them. New Trust plans to build a new greenhouse that also gets heat and electricity from a biomass power plant.
Solution: Volter 40 Indoor
Fuel: Woodchip Electric power: 40 kW Heating power: 100 + 20 kW
One Volter 40 Indoor produces enough electricity and heat for the annual needs of a farm, an entire small housing estate or small business. Our plants can be scaled up to multi-unit installations in order to meet the needs of growing energy demand across diverse applications. Electricity is produced by gasifying wood chips. Waste heat from the process can be used in hydronic underfloor heating, preheating of air-conditioning or domestic water, to name a few.More about Volter 40 Indoor