July 15, 2008

Kobe Steel Develops Energy-Saving Power Generator

Tokyo, July 15 (Jiji Press)--Kobe Steel Ltd. said Tuesday it has developed a compact power generator using exhaust steam.

The device, which has a maximum output of 132 kilowatts, turns its screws by using exhaust steam generated through industrial waste combustion.

Users of the device, if they operate the machine for 6,000 hours per year, will be able to reduce their annual carbon dioxide emissions by 440 tons compared with use of electricity generated by thermal power plants.

The device, called Steam Star, can also be adopted by plants using steam as a source of heat in the manufacturing process, including those processing foods, paper-pulp and wood materials.

Kobe Steel plans to add new models with higher outputs. The company aims to receive orders for 300 units in fiscal 2011 ending in March 2012.END

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