Propane-fueled microturbines to aid CHP application

June 6, 2017 By    

Capstone Turbine Corp., a manufacturer of microturbine energy systems in Los Angeles, secured an order for two C1000 Signature Series (C1000S) propane-fueled microturbines to enhance a Fiji company’s diesel generator power plant.

Capstone’s South Pacific distributor secured the order, which will likely be commissioned in early 2018, according to Capstone. The Fiji-based company selected Capstone’s microturbines because of their flexible inverter-based generation, their reliability and their ability to provide cost-effective power in a remote island environment.

“Pacific island states face unique challenges in expanding access to electricity, given that their populations are spread across tens of thousands of islands,” says Darren Jamison, Capstone’s president and CEO. “Capstone propane-fueled microturbines are scalable and allow for rapid deployment in these challenging geographies. Continuing reduction in the world price for propane means we are now able to offer cleaner, propane-based power at a lower cost than diesel.”

The propane-fueled C1000S microturbines will be installed in a combined heat and power (CHP) application and will operate in conjunction with existing diesel generators to allow the customer to begin transitioning to propane, Capstone says. The clean exhaust heat from the microturbines will be used in an absorption chiller for industrial chilled water production.

“Capstone’s modular microturbine technology offers substantial operational benefits over conventional gas engines,” says Jim Crouse, Capstone’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “With propane now emerging as the first choice of fuel, we are seeing substantial growth in our South Pacific and Caribbean markets.”

Capstone Turbine Corp. is a producer of low-emission microturbine systems. The company has shipped about 9,000 of its systems to customers worldwide.

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Megan Smalley was an associate editor at LP Gas magazine.

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