IHI Corporation, based in Tokyo Japan, is a heavy industrial manufacturing and services company. IHI is active in a number of industries including aerospace, ship building, power generation, automotive, and transportation infrastructure. IHI was founded in the mid-1800s and has a history of developing new industrial technologies and managing projects throughout the world. IHI is committed to supporting projects and investments. IHI has a presence in over 20 countries and has plans for additional development in support of global economic expansion.
IHI Power Generation Corp.
In August 2012, IHI purchased Exelon Corporation’s ownership interest in 5 California power plants. These plants represent the first investment in renewable energy in the U.S. for IHI and are an important step in supporting the overall corporate strategy of investments in renewable energy in the Americas.
IHI Power Services Corp.
IHI Power Services Corp. (IPSC) was specifically formed to provide operations, maintenance, management, and power plant support services to the U.S. power generation industry. The IPSC team of energy professionals delivers “Value Added” service through years of hands-on experience in the power generation industry. By using proven programs, industry “Best Practices” and IHI core “Beliefs and Values”, IPSC provides world-class service to each facility and project managed.
PACIFIC ULTRAPOWER CHINESE STATION – Jamestown, CA
Pacific Ultrapower Chinese Station (PUCS) is located in the foothills of Central California near the community of Chinese Camp. The facility is a 19.8 MW biomass plant utilizing wood fuel from forest management operations (such as pre-commercial thinning or dead tree removal), urban construction and demolition wood, and agricultural products such as nut shells and orchard prunings. The power produced by PUCS is purchased by Pacific Gas & Electric under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement.
PUCS is a partnership venture between IHI Power Generation Corp. and Jamestown Energy with IPSC serving as the managing partner. IPSC provides operations and maintenance services under an Operations and Maintenance agreement.
RIO BRAVO FRESNO – Fresno, CA
Rio Bravo Fresno (RBF) is located in the heart of California’s agricultural region in the community of Malaga. This biomass-fired electrical generating facility is rated at 24.3MW net and runs continuously at full load. The power produced by RBF is purchased by Pacific Gas and Electric through long-term Power Purchase Agreement.
The fuel source at RBF is renewable biomass. Agricultural prunings and urban wood are the two major sources of biomass used at the facility. Much of the material has historically been open burned or land filled resulting in atmospheric pollution, waste of landfill capacity, and underutilization of renewable resources. The circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler technology used at RBF allows for a more complete and efficient burn of the biomass, thus air pollutants are dramatically reduced. Additionally, RBF utilizes a SNCR, Limestone Injection and an ESP for criteria pollutant emissions controls. The use of biomass at the plant offsets the equivalent of 457,000 barrels of oil annually, providing clean, efficient energy.
The facility is currently owned by IHI Power Generation Corp. and and North American Power GroupIPSC provides operations and maintenance services under an Operations and Maintenance agreement.
RIO BRAVO ROCKLIN – Lincoln, CA
Rio Bravo Rocklin (RBR) is located in Central California near the community of Rocklin. RBR is a 24.4 MW biomass facility burning 95% urban wood which would otherwise be delivered to landfills. The power produced by RBR is purchased by Pacific Gas and Electric through long-term Power Purchase Agreement. The circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler technology used at RBR allows for a more complete and efficient burn of the biomass. Additionally, RBR utilizes a SNCR, Limestone Injection and an ESP for criteria pollutant emissions controls. In 2009 Rio Bravo Rocklin was named one of the top renewable power plants in North America by POWER magazine. This recognition from Power magazine features plants from across the country, which performed at the top of their particular fuel type or class.
RBR is a partnership venture between IHI Power Generation Corp. and North American Power Group. IPSC provides operations and maintenance services under an Operations and Maintenance agreement.
SHASTA RENEWABLE – Anderson, CA
Shasta Renewable is located in Northern Sacramento Valley. Shasta Renewable is a 6 MW biomass facility burning agricultural waste, forest wood, and ~1% urban wood. The power produced by Shasta Renewable is purchased by Pacific Gas and Electric through long-term Power Purchase Agreement.
Shasta Renewable is located in a strategic area allowing for these fuels to be easily transported to the plant for energy recovery. The operation of this plant offsets the negative impacts of open burning and land filling, which results in atmospheric pollution, waste of landfill capacity, and underutilization of renewable resources. A fixed grate stoker boiler technology is used, with the addition of SNCR, and a newly constructed ESP (replacing a wet scrubber) for air pollutant controls. The use of biomass at the plant ensures healthy forests, regenerated agricultural tree farms as well as providing clean, local energy.
Shasta Renewable is a partnership venture between Shasta Renewable Resources, LLC and Anderson Plant, LLC. IPSC is contracted to provide operations and maintenance services under an Operations and Maintenance agreement.
BUENA VISTA – Ione, CA
Buena Vista Biomass Power (BVBP) is located 5 miles south of the city of Ione in California. Buena Vista Biomass Power is designed with an output of approximately 18 megawatt of base load electric generating capacity to the region. The plant has been re-powered as a long-term sustainable biomass renewable energy power generation from a lignite plant. The biomass plant was designed to create a safe, reliable and environmentally-responsible commercial operation that went into service in 2010.
The plant uses a circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler that combusts biomass in a controlled manner, heats water to steam which then enters a turbine-generator to make electricity. One advantage of CFB boilers is that it is possible to combust very low moisture content fuel compared to a traveling grate design. Also, the design provides complete combustion, which emits low air emissions. . Additionally, BVBP utilizes a SNCR, Limestone Injection and a Baghouse for criteria pollutant emissions controls.
The fuel for this plant is derived from a variety of sources including clean urban wood diverted from landfills, agricultural byproducts from orchard operations and forest sourced material generated as a byproduct of forest thinning projects that reduce fires.
Amador Biomass, LLC, c/o Otoka Management, LLC. IPSC is contracted to provide operations and maintenance services under an Operations and Maintenance agreement.