Shizen Energy installs GUGLER Water Turbine Generator to Chubu Electric Power’s Kuroda Hydroelectric Power Plant
The first GUGLER megawatt-class water turbine starts operation in Japan
Photo: Pelton turbine and synchronous generator at Kuroda Hydroelectric Power Plant
Shizen Energy Inc.(Shizen Energy) and GUGLER Water Turbines GmbH (GUGLER), an Austrian company that develops, designs, and manufactures water turbines for small and medium-sized hydroelectric power plants, have installed a 2.2 MW Pelton turbine and synchronous generator to the Kuroda Hydroelectric Power Plant (Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture) of Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. (Chubu Electric Power). The newly installed turbine started full-scale operation in April 2023. This is the first GUGLER megawatt-class turbine to be put into operation in Japan.
Chubu Electric Power’s Kuroda Hydroelectric Power Plant has been undergoing a complete renewal of its water turbine generator and related facilities since February 2022. In selecting the turbine generator, Shizen Energy and GUGLER’s technical proposal was highly evaluated along with GUGLER’s extensive overseas experience.
GUGLER is one of the world’s leading companies specializing in the development, design, and production of small and medium-sized hydropower turbines, with more than 100 years of history and technology and more than 1,000 units delivered to more than 50 countries around the world. The company’s water turbines and generators are characterized by high efficiency, short delivery times, and low cost. GUGLER offers different types of turbines such as Pelton, Francis, and Kaplan. Shizen Energy entered into a business partnership with GUGLER in 2016 and has exclusive rights to sell the company’s water turbines and generators which are greater than 100 kilowatts in Japan.
Shizen Energy will take this opportunity to further expand sales and contribute to society through the supply of turbines and generators in the field of hydroelectric power generation.
【About Shizen Energy Inc.】
Founded in June, 2011. With the company purpose of “We take action for the blue planet,” the company’s business includes development, financing, and asset management of renewable energy power plants using solar power, wind power, small-scale hydroelectric power, and biomass. Since 2016, the company has also been focusing on its international operations, expanding its development and power generation projects in areas such as Southeast Asia and Brazil. In 2019, the company also entered the energy tech business, offering micro-grid and VPP construction, smart charging and discharging services for EVs, and other services through its self-developed EMS (energy management system). Shizen Energy Group has been involved in more than 1 GW of renewable energy generation internationally.
・Headquarters: Fukuoka Ohori Bldg. 1-1-6 Arato, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
・Representative Directors: Ken Isono, Kenji Kawado, Masaya Hasegawa