03 Jun '11, 5am

Coffee grounds to power Japanese metal plant

MILLIONS use coffee to fire up their minds on groggy mornings or sluggish workday afternoons, but the makings of cappuccinos and mochas will soon be used to fuel a power plant in Ibaraki Prefecture. Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd is planning to use coffee grounds purchased from beverage companies to use as biomass fuel in a thermal power plant at its Kashima Steel Works, according to sources at the company. Thermal power plants are playing a bigger role in the nation's energy supply to cope with power generation capacity lost due to the March 11 earthquake and the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Along with helping cope with expected power shortages this summer, Sumitomo Metal's project will likely attract attention for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Sumitomo Metal plans to buy as much as 10,800 tonnes of coffee grounds a year from beverage makers, the sourc...

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