Steam Turbine Generator for Biomass Power Plant Delivered

Mar. 31, 2023

Tokyo, March 31, 2023 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today that it has delivered a steam turbine generator for a woody biomass power plant in Shingu, Wakayama Prefecture, operated by EF-ON SHINGU INC. (the system actually began its commercial operations in October 2022).

Kawasaki received the order for this 18MW steam turbine from EBARA Environmental Plant Co., Ltd. which had won a power plant project from EF-ON INC. Kawasaki was responsible for manufacturing the steam turbine generator set (a key component of the generation system) at Kobe Works in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, and for the technical advice of installation and test run. This marks the 12th delivery of a steam turbine generator to EBARA Environmental Plant Co., Ltd., of which six sets, including this one, were for biomass power plants.

The steam turbine set produces electricity using steam generated by the biomass boiler, which is fueled by wood chips. The resulting electricity is supplied to households via general electricity transmission and distribution business operator under a feed-in-tariff (FIT) scheme*.

With the government’s policy set to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, demand for renewable energy generation systems, such as those for biomass power generation, is constantly on the rise. Since launching production of steam turbines for power generation began in 1956, Kawasaki has delivered a variety of steam turbines not only to conventional power companies in Japan and overseas, but also to the operators of biomass power plants and waste incineration plants, and to steel manufacturers, petrochemical companies, and others which require off-grid power generation systems. Moving forward, Kawasaki is committed to designing more sophisticated turbine technologies and improving plant engineering capabilities in order to precisely meet diverse market needs, and to ensure a stable supply of energy, and reduce environmental footprints, and thus contribute to the realization of a low-carbon/decarbonized society.

*    A government policy designed to support the development of renewable energy sources by obligating power companies to purchase power from renewable energy producers at above-market prices.

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