Capstone to supply 16 microturbines to California customers

By Becky Schultz23 May 2022

Capstone microturbine Cal Microturbine has secured six orders, comprising a total of 16 units, for Capstone’s C65 microturbines. (Photo: Capstone Corp.)

Cal Microturbine, exclusive distributor for Capstone Green Energy Corp. for California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, has secured six orders for Capstone’s C65 microturbines throughout the state of California. Capstone Green Energy, Van Nuys, Calif., is a global supplier of customized microgrid solutions and on-site energy technology systems.

The 16 units comprising the order are expected to be commissioned in early 2023, and will be installed for customers in the agricultural, oil and gas and hospitality industries. According to the company’s specs, the Capstone C65 microturbines are rated at 65 kW, have a voltage of 400 to 480 VAC, frequency of 50/60 Hz and can be paralleled up to 30 MW of power.

With these six new orders, the microturbine technology was selected for its ability to reduce energy costs while providing reliable, low emissions power, Capstone states. While they will be fueled by natural gas, the units are capable of running on a 30% hydrogen blend, should customers have access to such fuel blends in future.

For the hospitality application, the systems will be configured for Combined Heat and Power (CHP), allowing the site to capture waste heat from the units to provide cost-effective heating for various on-site applications. According to Capstone specs, CHP efficiency for the C65 is up to 90%.

“We believe that Capstone microturbines have the perfect anatomical structure to protect companies from the increased cost of power, from grid unreliability, and to help propel businesses forward in their pursuit to operate greener,” commented Ryan Brown, Cal Microturbine CEO, in announcing the orders. “This basket of projects in various industries underscores that California’s energy market agrees.”

As a leader in carbon reduction and on-site resilient green Energy as a Service (EaaS) solutions, Capstone helps customers to meet their environmental, energy savings and resiliency goals, whether in California or elsewhere.

“We continue to draw on our long history of advanced engineering to be a cutting-edge provider of clean energy solutions and technology through our multiple product lines,” commented Darren Jamison, CEO, Capstone Green Energy, “[with] each helping different types of customers in California and around the world to meet their energy needs while boosting the reliability of their energy supply, improving predictability of energy costs and lowering their carbon footprint.”

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