Friday, October 25, 2013
Kawasaki Heavy To Devise Efficient Generator For Boeing
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. (7012) said Thursday that it will develop an efficient power generator for next-generation Boeing Co. aircraft beginning service in the late 2020s.
The integrated drive generator -- to be attached to the lower part of the aircraft engine -- uses the engine's motive power to produce electricity for such purposes as air conditioning and cabin lighting.
Kawasaki Heavy's new technology cuts power loss by 30% compared with existing equipment. It is working to develop a generator that can meet the needs of new Boeing aircraft, whose enhanced entertainment systems and other features will require ample amounts of energy.
Kawasaki Heavy will collaborate with Boeing, NSK Ltd. (6471), which will handle the performance tests, and the Japan Aircraft Development Corp., with an eye on completing basic development by the end of fiscal 2015.
Pending an official agreement, the generator will be gradually adopted on small- and midsize aircraft seating 100-300 passengers. The price is expected to be in the tens of millions of yen.
The market for aircraft power control equipment has been dominated by European and U.S. companies. In fact, American firm United Technologies Corp., which has aircraft engine giant Pratt & Whitney Company Inc. under its wing, has a virtual monopoly in the market for integrated drive generators.
Kawasaki Heavy plans to market the devices to Airbus SAS as well in hopes of growing it into a 50 billion yen a year business.
(The Nikkei, Oct. 25 morning edition)