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Radioactive Fukushima Wood Becomes Power in German Machine

  • Entrade contracts 20 megawatts of power sales to Fukushima
  • Lighty radiated wood turned to power in 400 biomass plants
A lone tree inside exclusion zone, close to the devastated Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant in February 2016.

A lone tree inside exclusion zone, close to the devastated Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant in February 2016.

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Japan is turning to a small German company to generate power from timber irradiated by the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear meltdowns.

Closely held Entrade Energiesysteme AG will sell electricity from 400 of its container-sized biomass-to-power machines set up in Fukushima Prefecture, said the Dusseldorf-based company’s Chief Executive Officer Julien Uhlig. The devices will generate 20 megawatts of power by next year and function like a “biological battery” that kicks in when the sun descends on the the region’s solar panels, he said.