New microturbines, syngas focus of Capstone

Capstone Turbine Corporation will soon unveil several new products including 200 KW and 600 KW microturbines, C200 and C600. Capstone’s Signature Series is designed to further penetrate the global CHP markets with integrated heat recovery, two-stage air filtration, improved enclosure design, relocated exhaust stacks and 12-year marine grade paint.

Other product releases include new fuel capabilities, the development of a new universal control board and a new system control platform, the continuation of the alumina-forming austenitic (AFA) materials effort with the U.S. Department of Energy and an overall cost reduction program for the Signature Series.

“We are very enthusiastic about the new products, in particular the ability to run on 100 percent butane, 100 percent ethane, and synthetic fuels with hydrogen content, which opens up several new markets,” said Jim Crouse, Capstone’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “In addition, we have released our C65, C200 and C1000 series products to run on fuels with up to 5% percent high-hydrogen sulfide, which will allow us to run on a broader range of flare gasses,” added Mr. Crouse.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the global context for biofuels, including synthetic fuels or “syngas”, is changing as a result of the significant reduction in crude oil prices. A considerable rise in global biofuel production is forecasted in the medium term.