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Mitsubishi Fuso Deploys Gas Engine Cogeneration System at Kawasaki Plant

January 15, 2019

  • Aim to boost energy efficiency and make the plant more environment-friendly
  • Cut CO2 emissions, thereby contributing to environmental conservation
  • Improve the work environment in the production department

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC; headquarters: Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture; President and CEO Hartmut Schick) is pleased to announce that it has installed and begun operations of a gas engine cogeneration system* at the Kawasaki Plant. A cogeneration system is one that generates more than two types of secondary energy from primary energy continually and concurrently. It uses exhaust heat at the time of power generation in generating vapor to be supplied to the production lines, making more efficient use of energy possible.

MFTBC replaced a 20-year-old gas turbine-based cogeneration system with the new engine-based system, and simultaneously revamped the air conditioning system for several buildings in the plant to feed centrally from the new gas engine. 

By using the newly deployed gas engine capable of producing 5,750 kW of electricity, approximately half the plant’s power demand can be covered. Moreover, a centrally controlled heating and cooling system that uses waste heat during power generation has been deployed. A hot-and-chilled-water network is used to cool and heat offices and production facilities across the Kawasaki Plant. The system was introduced into the head office Product Center, for which construction was completed on the plant’s premises at the end of December 2018. As the system not only supplies electricity to be used in the production process but utilizes exhaust heat at the time of power generation for cooling and heating concurrently, MFTBC will boost energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions, thereby contributing to conserving the global environment.

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Newly deployed gas engine / New energy center

 

Media Contact
Florian Laudan, Head of Communications, Daimler Trucks Asia
Phone: +81 44 330-7970 E-mail: florian.laudan@daimler.com

Humza Ahmad, Manager, International and Domestic PR, Corporate Communications, MFTBC
Phone: +81 44 330-7857 E-mail: humza.ahmad@daimler.com

FUSO at a Glance
FUSO is a Daimler Truck brand, covering nearly all regions around the world. FUSO’s light-duty to heavy-duty trucks (GVW 3.5 49 tons), vans, industrial engines, and buses are sold in more than 170 markets. The FUSO brand is based on four core brand values; Trusted Quality, Economic Efficiency, Solid & Functional Design, and Committed Services.

E-FUSO at a Glance
E-FUSO is the all-electric product brand of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC). With vast experience in the development of alternative drivetrains, MFTBC is committed to release all-electric versions of its entire product portfolio including light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks and buses. In 2017, Mitsubishi Fuso became the first global OEM to launch an all-electric, series-produced light-duty truck: the eCanter.

MFTBC at a Glance
Based in Kawasaki, Japan, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) is one of Asia's leading commercial vehicle manufacturers. In 2016, the company sold a total of 130,000 vehicles including light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks and buses under the FUSO brand, with 89.29% of its shares owned by Daimler AG and10.71% by various Mitsubishi group companies. MFTBC is an integral part of the Daimler Trucks division of Daimler AG.

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