Mitsui & Co. Ltd, Viking Development Group’s test partner in Japan, is now running the first CraftEngine outside Europe. The demonstration unit was successfully installed and commissioned at the beginning of March, and the unit is now running daily at the Keiyo Plant Engineering test facilities, in Ichikawa – Chiba, Tokyo.
“The installation at Keiyo is a professional, well-designed test facility, purpose-built to host the CraftEngine for a few months before its final destination at the geothermal hot spring”, says Geir Robstad, Project Manager at Viking. “I am very impressed by the complete professionalism that the people here in Japan have shown, not to mention the fantastic hospitality during our visit”, he continues.
|Geir Robstad, Project Manager|
The test location in Ichikawa is designed to “simulate” and prepare the unit for the planned installation in Atami, a city located southwest of Tokyo, and famous for its Onsen hot springs and beach. The CraftEngine will be running in Atami, producing electricity for more than six months, powered only by the geothermal hot water emerging from the ground.