Capstone Launches New Microturbine

By Mike Brezonick24 April 2017

Capstone Turbine Corp. has expanded its Signature Series line of microturbines with the launch of the Capstone C200S microturbine.

The 200 kW C200S microturbine incorporates numerous system and design upgrades intended to improve overall product quality, reliability and performance, the company said. The new product is especially suited to combined heat and power (CHP) and combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) applications.

“We remain focused on diversifying our business by increasing our revenue from the CHP and CCHP energy efficiency markets with a short-term goal of 40% energy efficiency, 40% oil and gas and 20% renewables and other market verticals,” said Darren Jamison, Capstone’s president and chief executive officer. “The new C200 Signature Series product further supports this strategic effort and the new roof mounted integrated CHP heat recovery modules designed specifically for our Signature Series product will add additional revenue growth as it did in the most recent quarter when the company added approximately $0.5 million of new Signature Series accessory revenue.”

Capstone said key upgrades from previous machines include:

– An integrated heat recovery module for CHP and CCHP applications that simplifies product installation, serviceability and overall operation. The integrated heat recovery module provides recoverable heat energy driving total system efficiency levels in excess of 80%, the company said.

 – A two-stage air filtration system, The first stage is engineered to provide coarse particulate filtration without the need to shut down the unit or open the enclosure door to perform filter inspection or service. The second internal stage offers improved engine filter longevity and pressure drop monitoring to increase the time between service intervals and assist with the scheduling of service visits, Capstone said.

 – An improved enclosure with a reinforced frame that is designed to deliver a lower acoustics signature for CHP and CCHP installations in sensitive urban environments. The enclosure also offers an increased load carrying capacity for auxiliary equipment and the redesigned, double-walled engine bay door is sturdier and easier to seal, Capstone said.

 – An engine exhaust stack that has been relocated to the roof of the enclosure to match the design of the other larger products in Capstone’s Signature Series line. This allows for ease of installation and integration of a heat recovery module for CHP and CCHP applications, the company said.

 – A redesigned enclosure cooling air discharge with a new rear louver that is designed to allow cooling air to be discharged without the need for an add-on rain hood. This updated approach further reduces the installed footprint of the enclosure, which is critical for building retrofits, without compromising rain protection, Capstone said.

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