Baseload, Geothermal, Utility Scale

Idemitsu Begins Construction of Geothermal Plant in Oita, Japan

Idemitsu Kosan Co. has begun construction of a geothermal power plant in Japan’s southwestern prefecture of Oita.

The 5-MW plant will begin operations in March 2017, Idemitsu said in a statement Tuesday.

The project will be one of the largest so-called binary power plants in Japan, according to the statement. Binary cycle plants can utilize lower-temperature geothermal reserves than is traditionally found in power generation using underground heat.

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Lead image: Umi-Zigoku in Beppu, Oita, Japan. Credit: Shutterstock.