Capstone Turbine Corp. has received an order for a C600 Signature Series microturbine for the Italian pasta maker Il Pastaio di Maffei S.&C. Snc. (Maffei).
IBT Group, Capstone’s Italian distributor, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned in December 2016.
“This is our second significant order from IBT Group this quarter and demonstrates the strengthening of the European market and continued growth of CHP applications worldwide,” said Darren Jamison, president and chief executive officer at Capstone.
The natural gas-fueled C600S microturbine will be installed in a combined heat and power (CHP) application to produce primary power and three tons of saturated steam per hour using a co-fired steam boiler. The 600 kW microturbine will operate in a grid connect configuration at over 80% system efficiency, which will significantly lower the site’s grid reliance and reduce the company’s carbon footprint, the company said.
Situated in Southeast Italy, family-owned pasta maker Maffei has been making pasta since 1960. Working directly with IBT Group, Maffei selected Capstone microturbines for their ability to produce saturated steam for pasta production and their ability to be easily expanded to a C1000 to support larger energy loads in the future.
“We are proud to have found in Capstone products the same values that Maffei have always believed in: high quality, environmental respect, complete reliability and commitment to customers,” said Savino Maffei, President at Maffei. “With Capstone technology we will reduce CO2 emissions of over 400 tons per year and we will reach over 200 TOE/year of primary energy savings.”
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Italy is the fourth largest energy consumer in Europe, after Germany, France and the United Kingdom. As a net importer of crude oil and natural gas, Italy is heavily dependent on imports to meet its energy needs.