Capstone Turbine Corp. said it has secured an order for two C1000 Signature Series microturbines to enhance an existing diesel generator power plant for a commercial customer in Fiji.
Capstone’s South Pacific distributor, Optimal South Pacific Pty Ltd, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned in early 2018. Capstone microturbines were selected for their flexible inverter-based generation, high 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,” said Darren Jamison, Capstone’s president and chief executive officer. “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,” added Mr. Jamison.
The propane-fueled C1000S microturbines will be installed in a combined heat and power (CHP) application and operate in conjunction with the existing diesel generators, which allows the customer to begin transitioning to clean burning propane. The clean exhaust heat from the microturbines will be used in an absorption chiller for industrial chilled water production.