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Bamboo power: Japanese plant fires up for trial runs

Kumamoto biomass startup mixes in bark to prevent furnace damage

When bamboo is burned, its ash melts and forms hard masses called clinker that can damage the furnace. (Photo by Naoyuki Kozuki)

OSAKA -- A biomass power generation company in southern Japan has begun pilot operation of a furnace that burns bamboo, addressing a drawback that made the wood unsuitable as a fuel.

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