Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has released the Meganinja transportable power generation system driven by a gas engine and configured like a container.
The Meganinja incorporates a 1.5 MW gas engine, generator, fuel gas compressor and control panel within a 2 metre-long container. The unit can also accommodate cogeneration through simultaneous use of a 6 metre container for waste heat recovery incorporating a hot?water heat exchanger, exhaust gas steam boiler, etc.
The engine features a Miller cycle system with an efficiency rate of 42.6%. Electronic control results in mixing of the fuel and air, which keeps nitrogen oxide density within 200 parts per million without treatment.
Due to the easily transportable design of the generator, Mitsubishi claims, it can be up and running within 24 hours, far sooner than most stationary systems. Often other stationary generator systems require more on-site installation that can be time-consuming and delays the start-up of the generator.
The faster installation is made possible by MHI sending the specification details of the generator in advance of delivery so the site can be prepared and connectors, wiring and piping installed. This means that by the time the generator arrives it only needs to be put in place.
Many developing industrial countries have regions that suffer power shortages because the grid cannot keep up with the demand for power. Many of these countries are becoming reliant on distributed generation systems to help with the problem. The Meganinja can be used in areas affected by power shortages or that have lost power as a result of natural disaster.