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The small urban heat production systems are most efficient

11 October 2022

The Japanese conglomerate Kawasaki develops efficient systems for the cogeneration of electricity and thermal energy, and the most suitable units for ensuring the energy needs at the urban level are small capacities with extremely high efficiency, believes Cristian Athanasovici, Business Development Manager at Kawasaki Gas Turbine Europe.

“We are concerned about the environment and pollution, and that is why we have developed equipment that addresses distributed energy generation. We want to come as close as possible to consumers in order to reduce losses and for high efficiency of use of the primary resource”, during the “Regional Approach – Chisinau” conference, organized by Energynomics.

Kawasaki’s total sales in the 2020 fiscal year amounted to 1.48 trillion Japanese yen (11.6 billion euros). The largest contribution to sales was made by aerospace systems (29.8% of the total), followed by the motorcycle engine division (21.1%) and systems for the energy sector (16%). The robotics and precision machinery component provided 12.6% of the group’s sales, and shipbuilding and offshore structures delivered 6.1% of the total.

Kawasaki established its Romanian office in Bucharest in 2018 and currently has 67 employees. The office is responsible for sales and promotion activities in South-Eastern Europe. The company builds its business in the energy sector on three pillars, namely decarbonization, decentralization and digitalization.

“I would add a fourth pillar, which is natural gas, especially considering the current situation”, added Athanasovici.


Kawasaki and RWE plan to build one of the world’s first 100% hydrogen gas turbines on an industrial scale in Lingen. The project is one of the first in the world to use a gas turbine to convert hydrogen into electricity on an industrial scale. The 34MW plant could become operational in mid-2024. Kawasaki gas turbines can run on 100% hydrogen, 100% natural gas and any combination of the two.

The conference „Regional Approach Chișinău” was organized by Energynomics with the support of our partners: BRM East Energy MD, Huawei, Kawasaki Gas Turbine Europe, Schneider Electric, Transelectrica, and Transgaz.

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