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Capstone Turbine Corporation ®, founded in 1988 in California, is the world's leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems, and was first to market with commercially viable microturbine energy products.

Capstone's 30 and 60 kilowatt microturbines run efficiently (cleanly) on a variety of fuels, including flare and vent gases, which otherwise are burned without any energy harvesting.

Have you ever driven past a refinery and seen the large flare towers and thought, "Why don't they harness that energy?" Capstone microturbines are ideally suited to such a task, and are beginning to do just that, among other applications.

The seventy percent of the energy that emerges as heat in the exhaust from the turbines can be used for cogeneration systems that put that heat to use.

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According to the company website:

Capstone presently manufactures a 30 kilowatt and a 60 kilowatt family of microturbines optimized for use with a variety of approved fuels. With integration of our CPS 100 PowerServer, these systems can be operated in parallel to provide support for up to 100 units. Commercial launch of 200 kW by fourth quarter fiscal year 2008, 600 kW, 800 kW, 1000 kW to follow in first quarter fiscal year 2009.

By design, our microturbines achieve near complete combustion of flare and vent gases, virtually eliminating hydrocarbon emissions. According to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, burning solution gas in a microturbine for resource recovery applications reduces emissions of greenhouse gases. With 9 ppm NOx, Capstone is an ideal solution for hybrid electric vehicle applications. Used in combined-heat-and-power (CHP) applications, efficiencies upwards of 70% to 90% reduce greenhouse gas emissions, guards against power reliability problems, and helps control energy costs.

C30 (30kW)
C60/65 (60 and 65kW)
C200 (200kW)

Videos/Photos


(2.02 Minutes) Capstone Microturbine
Capstone Microturbine two minute commercial. (YouTube; Nov. 14, 2007)

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(5.52 Minutes) Capstone Microturbine Corp Demo
Capstone Microturbine offers new green technology (YouTube; Dec. 20, 2007)

Costs

According to the company website:

Due to the variety of custom configurations for the many applications in which our Microturbines are used, pricing varies. Specifically, the pricing varies in accordance with fuel considerations, add-ons, ancillary components like compressors or heat exchangers, site preparation such as concrete pad and perimeter security, utility hookups, permitting, interconnection and commissioning.

Advantages

According to the company website:

Capstone MicroTurbines are designed for use in commercial and industrial environments. The ideal application for the Capstone system is in facilities wired for three-phase power with peak electric loads operating between 25 and 750 kilowatts.

All Capstone MicroTurbines operate:

  • Continuously or On-Demand
  • Stand alone or Grid Connect
  • Individually or Multi-pack
  • Run on a variety of fuels -
    • Low or High Pressure Natural Gas
    • Biogas (landfill, wastewater treatment centers, anaerobic) The Capstone MicroTurbine can transform low grade, unprocessed waste biogas with methane content as low as 35 percent (350 Btu/scf) into usable electricity. It is proving a practical and cost-effective technology that can eliminate flaring at landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and agricultural or livestock facilities.
    • Flare gas The Capstone MicroTurbine can turn unwanted casing gas (700 - 2600 Btu/scf) with up to 7 percent sour content, into essentially "free" electricity to power the downhole pump, small compressors, motor loads and other onsite needs of a remote oil or gas development site.
    • Diesel
    • Propane
    • Kerosene

Our microturbine exhaust contains approximately 70 percent of the energy that was stored in the fuel. This results in exhaust temperatures approaching 371 degrees Centigrade. This clean exhaust can be put to use in three ways:

  • DIRECT: Use the exhaust directly for heating needs such as drying, process heating, et cetera;
  • HOT WATER: Use the exhaust to generate hot water or steam for domestic hot water, pool heating, space heating, et cetera;
  • CHILLED WATER: Use the exhaust to generate chilled water for air cooling, process water, et cetera.

Applications

According to the company website:

Derived through advanced engineering based on proven turbine design, microturbines represent a watershed energy management solution. Transforming the way businesses think about energy production, Capstone MicroTurbine solutions can reduce energy costs, ensure power availability and help preserve the environment with its near-zero emissions profile.And, unlike traditional back-up power, this solution can support everyday energy needs and generate favorable payback.
CHP Capstone C65-CHP systems conserve energy and cut operational costs by creating two forms of energy: electricity and heat.
CCHP The heat output of Capstone MicroTurbines can be used to both heat and air condition your facility via absorption cooling.
Secure Power Capstone MicroTurbines can operate connected to a utility grid or provide stand alone power to critical loads.
Resource Recovery: Biogas Capstone MicroTurbines can cleanly burn waste gases to create renewable power and heat.
Resource Recovery: Oil and Gas Capstone MicroTurbines reliably power onshore and offshore operations using unprocessed wellhead gas.

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Company: Capstone Turbine Corporation

According to the company website:

Capstone Turbine Corporation, incorporated in 1988, is a California based gas turbine manufacturer that specializes in microturbine power and heat cogeneration systems. Capstone has sold and shipped more than 3,000 of these one-moving-part systems worldwide. It is the only microturbine manufacturer of oil-free gas microturbines, made possible with the use of foil bearings. The company sells products for electrical power generation, cogeneration, biogas-fueled renewable energy, and hybrid vehicle power.


Coverage


  • Making Sour Gas Into Sweet Energy - Microturbines can be used to capture the energy from the 27% of gas consumption that is presently lost to flaring at refineries. The small engines boast a higher sulfur tolerance than do reciprocating engines and reduced total emissions from flaring operations at the field by an average of 75%. (Distributed Energy; May/June 2008)

Comments

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Great Use for Local Methane

On May 22, 2008, New Energy Congress member, Tai Robinson wrote:

You know why their current products and the future home generator that would be about the size of a dishwasher are so great? Because they run on cleaner, safer, local fuel. Natural gas may be the most renewable of fuels because it is produced so rapidly in a biological manner. It is far better to use methane locally to make power to eliminate line loss and use waste heat locally in a CHP configuration.

This increases reliability and security. Is cleaner, safer, and more efficient than the current central control, grid system. You can use ANY methane, or you could use hydrogen if you have a supply of it, but primarily using methane is the way to go......

Contact

21211 Nordhoff Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
818-734-5300
1-866-4-CAPSTONE

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