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U.S. Energy Company Secures Power From Capstone

Posted on April 12, 2011

Capstone Turbine Corp., a manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, has secured two new orders from a large U.S. energy and gas transmission company. The interstate gas transmission company is primarily a provider of gas transportation and storage services with large underground natural gas storage systems, Capstone said.

The longtime C65 customer will add a C800 to its 48-unit microturbine fleet at compressor stations throughout the region and install a C1000 at one of its division headquarters. This the first time the company has used Capstone microturbines as a prime power generation source at a location other than a compressor station, the company said.

The C800 power package will provide 800 kW of low-emission electricity at a pipeline compressor station in the Marcellus Shale play in the Eastern United States. The C800 will replace three Capstone C65 microturbines installed at the site in 2001. Upcoming expansion of the compressor station will require four times more electricity than what is currently available. The C65s will be moved to another compressor station.

The natural-gas fueled C1000 dual-mode system will supply 1 MW of continuous power to the division headquarters, which will help offset the amount of power purchased from the utility. It will also serve as a backup power source. During a utility power failure, the C1000, which is grid interconnected, will take over and supply all electric power required to operate the administration building, Capstone said.

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