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Mitsubishi Develops Hybrid Turbocharger

Posted on August 26, 2010

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has developed the MET83MAG, a generator-integrated hybrid turbocharger for marine propulsion diesel engines. The turbocharger uses engine exhaust gas to drive itself and generate electricity, according to the company. It also can reduce its fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

The turbocharger’s generator can produce a maximum power output of 754 kW at an engine speed of 9500 rpm. It can also act as an auxiliary blower to enhance its performance when the engine speed is not fast enough.

The turbocharger will be installed and tested on a bulk carrier currently under construction by Universal Shipbuilding for NYK Line. The carrier is scheduled to go into service in 2011. That event will mark the first onboard testing of a hybrid turbocharger using a commercial ship in actual operation, Mitsubishi said.

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