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Capstone Turns Wastewater To Wattage

Posted on December 16, 2010

Capstone Turbine Corp., a clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, received an order for a C600 and C1000 that will be installed at the City of York Wastewater Treatment Plant in York, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

The plant will soon incorporate a new combined heat and power (CHP) system, scheduled to be fully operational by summer 2011. As part of the CHP system, the methane-fueled C600 simultaneously will supply 600 kW of electricity for the facility and create hot water to heat the building and the site’s two 36.6° C anaerobic digesters used in the waste-treatment process.

The plant, which serves more than 170 000 residents in eight municipalities, will use the C1000 to generate more power when the plant’s demand for electricity rises, and for peak shaving several hours each day.

York officials expect the new cogeneration facility will generate more than 2.5 million kW of electricity, reduce energy costs by about US$278,000 per year and lower carbon dioxide emissions by more than 0.69 million kg annually. The Capstone turbines replaced old, high-emission reciprocating engines that have operated since 1988.

For more information: www.capstoneturbine.com

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