Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries has developed a first of its kind floating, gas-fired power plant capable of generating 100,000 kW of electricity.
According to the Nikkei Asian Review, the vessel can be anchored offshore to supply electricity to nearby communities.
Kawasaki Heavy plans to sell the ship to power companies in rapidly growing economies in Asia, where infrastructure remains underdeveloped.
It could also function as an emergency source of power in areas hit by natural disasters.
The company further believes its ship can help create ‘distributed power generation’ systems, which produce electricity near the point of consumption to ease the environmental burden.
According to the Nikkei, the power plant is a barge measuring about 100 meters long and is equipped with generators, fuel tanks to store the liquefied natural gas that fires them, and power distribution equipment.
The vessel will be assembled at a shipyard, towed where needed and anchored to the sea floor.
The goal is to put the ship near where consumers are, thereby helping shorten the distance of power transmission.
Equipped with a high-efficiency gas turbine, the ship can generate between 30,000 kW and 160,000 kW of electricity, enough to supply power to between 100,000 and 160,000 homes.
The vessel has been priced at around $176.3 million and will include a small fueling vessel.
Kawasaki Heavy claims that the gas-fired, floating power plant is 10% more efficient than a comparably sized coal- or oil-fired plant.
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