Capstone Microturbines Surpass 100,000 Operating Hours in Cogeneration
CHATSWORTH, Calif., June 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capstone Turbine
Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean
technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, proudly announced
today that the Masonic Village site in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania has
surpassed 100,000 hours of operation.
Masonic Village is a sprawling continuing-care retirement community,
children's home, and community service organization that opened in 1910.
Today, the 1,400-acre complex serves more than 1,700 residents.For decades,
the complex was driven by a coal-fired plant that burned more than 5,000 tons
of coal each year.Even after the campus decommissioned the generators in the
1950s and switched to power from the local utility, it continued to use coal
to fuel two 400-horsepower boilers and one 25-horsepower boiler.The
coal-driven system was an emission hazard and required two people to manually
operate and maintain it around the clock for more than 50 years.
In 2002, officials at Masonic Village moved to a next generation technology
for their heating and electric needs by installing low-emission Capstone
microturbines that produce a combined 390kW of electricity, equal to powering
205 homes. The system produces 10% of their electricity demand, 100% of the
hot water needs during shoulder and summer months, and has a demonstrated
system efficiency of up to 85%.When compared to the original coal-fired plant
Masonic Village used for more than 90 years, the Capstone installation has
drastically reduced carbon emissions an astounding 31,511 tons in nine
years.The plant is the equivalent of removing 7,062 cars from the road or
planting 11,212 acres of forest.
"It's not just the fact that we're generating electricity," Jeff Gromis,
Facilities Engineer, said."We're also using the exhaust to preheat our
domestic hot water for the core areas of the campus, which is what really
makes the payback work. When you are talking 80–85% efficiency, that's a
pretty impressive number."
On May 23, 2014 Microturbine Unit #1 onsite was the first unit at Masonic
Village and one of the first in the E-Finity fleet to reach 100,000 operating
hours.This unit, along with the other five in the installation, to date, has
reduced greenhouse gas emission by 3,564 tons per year or approximately 42,800
tons total since installation, which is equal to removing 8,000 cars from the
road and eliminating 4.3 million gallons of gasoline.In total, Masonic
Village has generated enough energy onsite to power an equivalent of 5,300
homes. Masonic Village, a pioneer of Capstone's jet engine technology, will be
awarded a Centennial Award commemorating over half a million combined
microturbine run hours.
"We are proud to have Masonic Village surpass half a million total hours of
operation.Capstone microturbines are not only efficient, but also extremely
reliable machines," said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and
Marketing."As more businesses continue to strive for energy independence,
Capstone will be ready to serve their needs with our dependable clean and
AboutCapstone Turbine Corporation
Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST) is the
world's leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems and was the
first to market commercially viable microturbine energy products.Capstone
Turbine has shipped approximately 7,000 Capstone Microturbine systems to
customers worldwide. These award-winning systems have logged millions of
documented runtime operating hours.Capstone Turbine is a member of theU.S.
Environmental Protection Agency'sCombined Heat and Power Partnership, which
is committed to improving the efficiency of the nation's energy infrastructure
and reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. A UL-Certified ISO
9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified company, Capstone is headquartered in
theLos Angeles area with sales and/or service centers in theNew York Metro
Area,United Kingdom, Mexico City, Shanghai andSingapore.
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