Energy / Climate Change

May 24, 2006


Denso Corp. Generating Power by Air Flow from Factory Smokestack

Keywords: Environmental Technology Manufacturing industry Renewable Energy 

Japanese auto parts manufacturer DENSO Corporation has installed a wind power generator using the air flow from a factory at its Anjo Plant in Aichi Prefecture, which began operation on January 24, 2006.

The wind turbine generates electricity by harnessing the power of the air flow from scrubbers (exhaust gas purifiers) at the die-casting factory. The use of this air flow makes it possible to produce electricity consistently. And the ability to use the natural wind allows more efficient power generation. The maximum output is two kilowatts of electricity, which is used for lights in the visitor lobby and meeting rooms in the plant.

By using DENSO automotive alternator, the company has succeeded in reducing the total equipment cost. The wind turbine equipped with straight blades can reduce wind noise and generate power regardless of wind direction. For Denso, this is the second wind turbine it has installed to use an automotive alternator, after the one installed at its Zenmyo Plant in February 2005.

Denso has set the goal of a 10 percent reduction of carbon dioxide emitted from its production plants by fiscal 2010 from the fiscal 1990 level. The recent installation of the generator is part of its research and for conserving energy by utilizing a previously-unused energy source at a factory. The company is also working to introduce other power generation technologies using renewable energy sources such as solar and hydro power.

Posted: 2006/05/24 03:36:52 PM
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