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IHI develops world's smallest, lightest gas turbine generator
17 Feb, 2012 13:12:08
TOKYO, Feb 17 (Asia Pulse) - Japan's IHI Corp. said Thursday it has developed the world's smallest and lightest gas turbine generator and aims to bring it to market by 2015.
With a diameter of 8cm and at 12cm long, the generator weighs in at a mere 1.2kg.

Offering an output of 400 watts, the generator can run continuously for three hours. IHI anticipates its use as a backup emergency power source during disasters.

The gas turbine will come equipped with a cooling fan and fuel tank at an anticipated price tag of 2 million yen (US$25,332) a unit. In addition to offering double or more the output of a fuel cell, the gas turbine generator is also highly durable.

Propane gas, kerosene and diesel can be used to fuel the generator, which begins producing power after about 30 seconds of operation. In addition to being easy to use, it throws off low emissions.

Several domestic and overseas firms participated in development, along with five universities, including the University of Tokyo and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

IHI will work to make the generator even smaller and lighter, anticipating its future use as a power source for robots.

(Nikkei)

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