IHI developed the world’s smallest and lightest gas turbine generator with an output of 400 watts. It is 12 cm long and 8 cm in diameter. It weighs 1.2 kg and allows for continuous running of 3 hours. It is as small as to be put on a palm. It is made up of cooling fan, noise eliminator, fuel tank, and battery to activate the engine. Heating oil, light oil, and propane can be used as fuel. The company plans to set the price at 2,000,000 yen a unit when the mass production system of 500 units per year is established. It plans to put it on the market by 2015.
The newly developed gas turbine generator can be operated with just a single touch of a button. It takes only 30 seconds to generate 200 kW and comes to a complete stop in 2 minutes 30 seconds. When combined with all available parts including noise eliminator and cooling fan, it is 42 cm long, 58 cm wide, and 20 cm high, and weighs 13 kg that is as light as a standard suitcase. The company wishes it to be used for the power source of a self-propelled robot at the time of disaster and emergency, and places that do not allow a vehicle to enter.