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Hayward, California, February 4 - Ebara Corporation, a Tokyo-based Fortune Global 500 company specialising in engineering and manufacturing advanced industrial systems, and Exergy, Inc., a San Francisco Bay Area energy technology firm, today announced the start of construction on the first industrial Kalina Cycle power plant in Japan. Construction is subsidised by MITI (the Ministry of International Trade and Industry).

The waste incineration power plant, being built in Fukuoka, Japan, will operate 20 percent more efficiently than other similar power plants. The increased efficiency is made possible through use of the Kalina Cycle, a vastly more efficient power cycle than the traditional Rankine Cycle used by the power industry for the last 150 years. The four megawatt Fukuoka plant will burn 200 tons of municipal waste a day.

"The combination of the Kalina Cycle with integrated incineration technology accumulated in Ebara's long technological development history is the great solution for drastic improvement of power generation efficiency. We believe the Kalina Cycle System will be widely recognised as the new technology in waste-to-energy processes in the near future," said Hideo Ishihara, Director of Ebara Corporation.

The Kalina Cycle uses a water/ammonia mixture. This allows Kalina Cycle power plants to use less energy to heat the working fluid, allowing more of the energy to go directly to generating power.

"We are very excited by the opportunity to work with Ebara in building the first of a new and more efficient generation of power plants," said Dr. Alexander Kalina, President and CEO of Exergy, Inc. and the inventor of the Kalina Cycle. "This marks just the very beginning for the Kalina Cycle."

Exergy, Inc. is a privately-held energy technology company founded in 1988. Since 1992, Exergy's Kalina Combined Cycle demonstration power plant, near Canoga Park, Calif., has been selling electric power to Southern California Edison. The Fukuoka plant represents the first industrial Kalina Cycle power plant in Japan.


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