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Mitsubishi Power: innovating to modernize energy systems in Asia Pacific

Home to 60% of the world’s population, Asia Pacific is one of the places most vulnerable to severe weather phenomena caused by climate change. Because power generation accounts for a significant proportion of greenhouse gas emissions, it is no surprise that countries in the region are looking for more sustainable ways to produce electricity.

Still, power is ultimately a source of good. People use it every day for work and play. Communities need it to drive economic growth.

As a leading energy solutions provider, Mitsubishi Power is helping Asia Pacific strike this balance between delivering reliable power and protecting the environment.

For decades, we have worked with governments, state-owned utilities and other customers in the region as they embark on their respective energy journeys.

Our work in Thailand began in 1968 when we collaborated with the Electric Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) on the construction of the Queen Sirikit Dam. Since then, our installed base has grown to over 25 GW – equivalent to 50% of the country’s current power generating capacity.

The strength of the Mitsubishi Power and EGAT relationship led to the creation of a 2009 joint venture called EGAT Diamond Service (EDS) to deliver trusted gas turbine maintenance. Serving both domestic and international customers, EDS ensures reliable and efficient operations in the region’s path toward cleaner power generation.

Other key projects in the country include supplying J-Series Air Cooled (JAC) gas turbines to two natural gas-fired power plants – each with a generating capacity of 2,650 MW – currently being built in Chonburi and Rayong provinces. With 99.6% reliability, these turbines incorporate the latest designs and technologies to reduce carbon emissions and lead the category in terms of efficiency. We also recently signed a full turnkey contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of the 1,400 MW Hin Kong Combined Cycle Power Plant Project in Ratchaburi province, about 100 km west of Bangkok.

Through it all, we are guided by a strong belief that the paths to decarbonization – though many and varied – all require optimizing existing assets while simultaneously deploying new solutions.

As we enter a new chapter in our history, Mitsubishi Power will continue to deepen and expand our partnerships in Thailand and further fortify our capabilities and offerings to support the country’s energy transition journey.

On top of building strong local partnerships, we are at the forefront of developing innovative energy technologies. Our Gas Turbine Combined Cycle (GTCC), Integrated coal Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC), Air Quality Control Systems (AQCS) and biomass-fueled technologies are set to transform power systems all around Asia Pacific – making them more efficient while significantly reducing their carbon emissions. We also design and deliver other advanced clean energy solutions such as fuel cells and energy storage systems to harness and utilize energy more effectively and flexibly.

We are engineering the power plant of the future, incorporating technologies not usually associated with power generation such as data analytics and Artificial Intelligence as well as building capacity to run with cleaner fuels. Our T-Point 2 GTCC validation facility in Japan – regarded as an icon for long-term prototype testing – is on track to becoming the world’s first autonomous combined cycle plant powered by our suite of AI-enabled TOMONI digital solutions.

And to further support the realization of a zero-carbon society, we are working toward accelerating hydrogen adoption in power generation. In 2018, we completed test trials of 30% hydrogen co-firing in gas turbines using dry low NOx combustion technology. Now, we are in the midst of converting GTCC plants in the Netherlands to run solely on hydrogen by 2025.

Mitsubishi Power is paving the way for an energy future that works for people and the planet. With clear commitments and plans, we are confident that this future can be achieved in Thailand and in this region. Access to clean, reliable, and affordable power drives progress, and nowhere is this potential greater today than in Asia Pacific.

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