India’s biggest car maker nears power project completion

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL) expects to complete a second project involving the generation of power from hot air emitted by its factories by March 2014.

The project at India’s biggest carmaker’s Manesar factory will use heated exhaust gases, previously discharged into the air, to run a 37.5 MW steam turbine.

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The company runs its own fossil-fuel power plants to avoid disruptions caused by the nation’s erratic electricity supply. The exhaust from that captive generation is as hot as 450 degrees Celsius (842 degrees Fahrenheit) and can be recovered to produce energy.

The company completed its first waste-heat recovery project last year. The 1.5 billion rupee ($24m), 17.5-MW installation at its Gurgaon plant is expected to save 41,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, according to documents from the United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism, which awards carbon credits.

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