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Microturbine Orders Maintain Momentum

Orders totaling 5 MW from Mexico distributor for key CHP, CCHP projects

Posted on March 19, 2013

Capstone Turbine Corp., a clean-technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it has received orders totaling 5 MW from one of its Mexican distributors, DTC Soluciones Inmobiliarias SA de CV.

The company said that each system will showcase Capstone microturbine technology by utilizing the waste exhaust in a combined heat and power (CHP) plant.

The largest of the orders, a 2.6 MW project for a combined cooling heating and power (CCHP) plant, will be installed at the manufacturing facility of plastic and aluminum closure systems located in northern Mexico. The exhaust from the microturbines will be used to produce both hot and chilled water for the CCHP system.

A 1 MW project will be installed at a Mexican pharmaceutical manufacturer located in Guadalajara. Since the microturbine is "dual mode," it will provide the Guadalajara plant with power security even when the local power grid goes down, Capstone said.

An existing Capstone customer in central Mexico that specializes in manufacturing packaging material will add a 200 kW microturbine to its existing 600 kW microturbine CHP plant.

Lastly, a ceramic tile and flooring manufacturer will install three 65 kW microturbines running on propane, while utilizing the exhaust directly into the facility's drying ovens.

DTC said it expects to commission all of these projects over the next six months, thereby adding significantly to its installed fleet of microturbines under service as well as the Mexican base overall.