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Further Microturbine Market Penetration

Capstone scores 2 MW CHP contract; able to work in parallel or separate from grid

Posted on December 17, 2013

Capstone Turbine Corp. has received an order for two C1000 (1 MW each) microturbines for use in a combined-heat and power (CHP) application at a pharmaceutical facility in California, U.S.A.

The order by Energy Systems Development, an engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance company, will satisfy the electrical and thermal demands of the company’s new pharmaceutical facility.

Capstone said C1000 microturbines can operate in dual mode, meaning they can operate in parallel with or separate from the electric utility grid. This ensures the facility has secure and reliable power with no operational downtime, even during grid outages. Dual mode operation also provides the benefit of peak shaving, reducing utility costs during peak hours. The captured exhaust from the microturbines will provide steam and hot water to the entire facility, raising the overall efficiency of the CHP system to almost 90%, Capstone said.

Energy Systems Development has been developing the site, which is planned for commissioning in March 2014, for three years.