Capstone Turbine Corp. announced it recently shipped its first C1000 Signature Series microturbine to Europe.
The order for a C1000S microturbine will upgrade a refractory material manufacturing facility in Slovenia. Laibach d.o.o, Capstone’s distributor for Slovenia and Croatia, secured the C1000 Signature Series order. With help from the facility’s management, Laibach conducted an analysis of the facility and determined that a one MW system was the preferred solution.
The power plant, which is owned and operated by an energy services company (ESCO) in Slovenia, will allow the customer to secure significant energy savings going forward. Capstone microturbines were selected for their high efficiency and immediate impact on project economics.
The natural gas-fueled C1000S microturbine will be installed in a combined heat and power (CHP) application to produce primary power and, by utilizing the exhaust, be used to direct dry the refractory material during the manufacturing process. The one MW microturbine will operate in a grid connect configuration at over 90% system efficiency, which will limit the site’s grid reliance and reduce the facility’s impact on the environment, the company said.
“It’s challenging when you introduce a significant new product offering and you have to seamlessly transition from the legacy product to the new product in a very tight window,” said Darren Jamison, Capstone’s president and chief executive officer. “Capstone employees really stepped up and delivered despite the approximately 70 different Signature Series discrete product changes. I am very excited about the increased level of teamwork, transparency and accountability we are developing as a company after the recent organizational changes and reduction in force.”
Capstone said that according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) International Energy Outlook for 2016, natural gas and electricity are the fastest-growing forms of industrial energy use in terms of industrial fuel use in the OECD region. Each energy source has been increasing by about 0.7% per year since 2012, providing significant growth opportunity for Capstone microturbines, the company said.
“This will serve as Capstone’s third project of its size in Slovenia and one that supports the company’s growing market share in the construction material market,” said Jim Crouse, executive vice president of Sales and Marketing at Capstone. “The thermal energy captured from the microturbine exhaust will ensure the CHP plant is operating at maximum efficiency.”