Dr. Speidel, who holds a doctorate in electrical engineering, moved to Japan 30 years ago and most recently worked as a senior executive at Siemens Japan. From August this year he will strengthen the team of the Japanese subsidiary Spanner KK. With his many years of experience as a manager, especially in the key account sector, Dr. Speidel will primarily be active in marketing/sales.
Strong upswing for electricity and heat generation from biomass in Japan
The Lower Bavarian plant manufacturer Spanner Re² GmbH is currently implementing two major projects in Japan together with its subsidiary Spanner KK with a total of 35 wood power plants including peripherals. Dr. Speidel will play an active role in the future in the further positioning of wood gasification technology in the Japanese market.
According to the OAV, the technical potential of unused biomass in Japan is around 266 million tons per year. This could generate around 22 billion kWh of electricity and cover the annual electricity requirements of 4.6 million households. According to current plans, a renewable energy share of approx. 22-24% of the energy mix is targeted for 2030. Wood-fired power plants from Spanner Re² generate highly efficient electricity and heat from biomass that refine the domestic resource into a valuable energy source.
Further business area "Repowering of inefficient power generators using wood gasifiers"
Another exciting project for the new team of Spanner KK will be "Repowering". Numerous outdated, inefficient or non-functional power generators have already been replaced and successfully commissioned worldwide by the patented Holz-Kraft technology.
The modular construction of the wood-fired power plants, which in the larger capacity range consist of a wood gasification unit and a combined heat and power unit (CHP), offers maximum flexibility. For example, only the wood gasifier can be combined with an existing combined heat and power plant if a diesel unit is to be replaced or the entire system of Spanner Re² can also be integrated into an existing project. Thanks to Spanner Re²’s intelligent control system , other regenerative energy sources can also be integrated.
"The focus in Japan is increasingly on renewable energy. Biomass as an energy source has a very special role to play here. Because it not only supplies energy independently of the weather, but also according to demand. I am pleased to be actively involved in shaping this forward-looking path at Spanner KK", reports Dr. Stefan Speidel, new manager at Spanner KK.