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Cristian Athanasovici: Kawasaki has very ambitious hydrogen targets

15 July 2021

Kawasaki, a global manufacturer of energy equipment, is present in Europe mainly through the division that produces gas turbines and internal combustion engines. Basically, these equipments use natural gas and have an installed capacity of 1.8-34 MWe, for gas turbines and 5.2MWe and 7.8MWe for engines.

Kawasaki has cogeneration solutions that address the urban sector, so municipalities, but also solutions that address the industrial sector.

“At the moment we have major environmental challenges to overcome and that is why Kawasaki pays great attention to reducing pollutant emissions. We focused on producing the technology needed to generate distributed energy using natural gas. For some time, Kawasaki’s concerns have included the development of internal combustion engines and gas turbines that can use hydrogen”, said Cristian Athanasovici, Business Development Manager, Kawasaki Gas Turbine Europe, at the “Digitalization and Energy Efficiency – Timisoara” conference, organized by Energynomics.


Kawasaki has low power solutions for turbines, in the range of 1.8-34 MWe and engines with very high efficiencies: a 5.2 MWe engine with 49% efficiency and a 7.8MWe engine with 51% efficiency. “In addition, we offer services ranging from engineering, pre-feasibility studies, to the implementation of solutions and maintenance of Kawasaki equipment.”

 width=Athanasovici insisted that although hydrogen can be a long-term solution, in the short term natural gas was the most affordable solution.

Kawasaki has developed in Kobe, Japan, a plant that runs 100% hydrogen, 1.8 MWe. The plant can also run on natural gas, in any mixture with hydrogen. “Kawasaki has very ambitious targets for increasing the share of hydrogen use in our equipment – from 10 to 30% and even 100%,” said Athanasovici.

The conference “Digitalization and Energy Efficiency – Timisoara”, was organized by Energynomics, with the support of our partners ABB, Centrica Business Solutions, Eaton, ENGIE Romania, Enel X Romania, Kawasaki Gas Turbines Europe, Renovatio, Sixt, Wiren.

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