Kawasaki goes online with low-NOx gas turbine at California state facility

Nov. 25, 2002 — Kawasaki Gas Turbines-Americas announced the world’s first commercial operation of a new low emissions technology from Kawasaki and Catalytica Energy Systems Inc.

Kawasaki has successfully initiated online operation of a retrofitted gas turbine co-generation facility at the Sonoma Developmental Center in Eldridge, Calif.

The core of the system is a 1.4 megawatt Kawasaki M1A-13D that has been rebuilt to accommodate the new Xonon Cool Combustionà¢â€ž¢ system from Catalytica.

The facility, which provides services for 850 developmentally-disabled clients, has been operating the Kawasaki co-generation unit since 1990 as a supplemental provider of heat and power for the 120-building campus that is the largest of five similar facilities operated by the State of California.

The Xononà‚® system, which employs a catalytic combustor, helps provide the power plant with minimal NOx output levels — less than three parts per million — which eliminates the potential for emissions-related restrictions. Through the use of a catalyst instead of a flame, the Xonon-equipped Kawasaki unit enables combustion at temperatures below that where NOx usually forms.

Additionally, the Xonon Cool Combustion system makes it possible for Kawasaki to guarantee CO levels of less than 10 parts per million and VOC levels of less than 2 parts per million.

Kawasaki, which has installed more than 7,000 industrial gas turbine units below 10 megawatts, believes this new approach to emissions reduction will satisfy numerous commercial and industrial applications.

Hiro Matsumura, president of Kawasaki Gas Turbines-Americas, said, “We are very pleased to initiate operations at the Eldridge facility, and our outlook for employing this new technology in future installations is very encouraging. We are committed to a low-emissions approach, and this is an excellent example of what can be achieved.”

According to Matsumura, Kawasaki is in the final stages of negotiations that will see similar units installed in other states.

Kawasaki built its first gas turbine engine in 1943 for aircraft application, and started development in 1972 of its industrial gas turbine program. This latest version will help the brand increase its 58% share of the worldwide power generation market for gas turbines under 10 megawatts.

Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Kawasaki offers a complete line of power packages for all applications. The company also provides field maintenance support programs, parts, and service.


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