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Cristian Athanasovici: We have cogeneration solutions that address the urban and industrial sectors

8 April 2021
Bogdan Tudorache

Kawasaki is a global producer of energy equipment, operating in Europe through the division producing gas turbines and internal combustion engines. Based on this, its equipment uses natural gas and has an installed capacity of 1,8-34 MWe for gas turbines and 5.2MWe and 7.8MWe for engines.

“We have cogeneration solutions that address the urban sector, i.e. municipalities, and solutions that address the industrial sector. We have low power solutions in the 1,5-35 MWe range with both technologies – gas turbines and internal combustion engines. We have cogeneration solutions already implemented in both urban and industrial areas, solutions that have proved their worth. At present, based on our current technologies, we can say that, in terms of pollutant emissions, we are successfully part of that conditioning regarding the 250 or 270 grams of CO2/kWh of electricity produced”, said Cristian Athanasovici, Business Development Manager, Cristian Athanasovici. Kawasaki Gas Turbines Europe, during the conference “Digitalization and Energy Efficiency – Brasov”, organized by Energynomics.

“We have developed solutions for distributed energy production and we now consider these solutions to be the best for both the industrial and urban sectors because we no longer use large production units with very high pollutant emissions and with very large quantities of fuels that need to be consumed at a single site. Through this concept, we get near the consumer with the source of energy production, which allows us to reduce energy losses in the transmission and distribution networks, both for power and heating. Through our solutions, we aim to get as close to the consumer as possible,” he said.

“The European Union is looking very carefully at the level of pollutant emissions and has an extremely ambitious target to make itself neutral by 2050. The solutions proposed by Kawasaki can use both natural gas and hydrogen, they are solutions that can be adapted to combine all types of renewables so that we can create a mix leading to this target of becoming carbon neutral,” Athanasovici added. “Of course, hydrogen is one of the solutions – it doesn’t mean that it completely solves the problem of climate neutrality, but it contributes to leading us to that neutrality,” Athanasovici said.

Kawasaki developed a new engine last year, with a power of 7.8MWe, which has the highest electrical efficiency in its class – 51%. The engine was honoured in Japan by the Advanced Cogeneration and Energy Utilization Center Japan – ACEJ.

Kawasaki also developed a 100% hydrogen-powered plant of 1.8MWe in Kobe, Japan. “The results of this plant are very good and we are ready to come and replicate such a project in Romania and other places in Europe. We must ensure that the new cogeneration plants that we propose are extremely environmentally friendly, and that is why, I personally believe that hybrid solutions will soon emerge that will combine cogeneration technologies with renewable energy – i.e. solar, photovoltaic, organic cycle Rankine, as well as other solutions. From this point of view, Kawasaki is very open and we are prepared with our new equipment,” Athanasovici concluded.

The conference “Digitalization and Energy Efficiency – the 5th year – Brașov” was organized by Energynomics, with the support of our partners ABB, Eaton România, Enel X România, Kawasaki Gas Turbines Europe, Wiren Energy.

More than 200 people registered on the MyConnector platform to participate in the dialogue.

Autor: Bogdan Tudorache

Active in the economic and business press for the past 26 years, Bogdan graduated Law and then attended intensive courses in Economics and Business English. He went up to the position of editor-in-chief since 2006 and has provided management and editorial policy for numerous economic publications dedicated especially to the community of foreign investors in Romania. From 2003 to 2013 he was active mainly in the financial-banking sector. He started freelancing for Energynomics in 2013, notable for his advanced knowledge of markets, business communities and a mature editorial style, both in Romanian and English.

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