Founded in 1988, Capstone Turbine Corporation develops, manufactures, sells, and services microturbine technology solutions. Capstone Turbine Corporation® is the world’s leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems, and was first to market with commercially viable air bearing turbine technology. The company has shipped thousands of Capstone turbines to customers worldwide. These award-winning systems have logged millions of documented runtime operating hours. Capstone is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Combined 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.
The Capstone MicroTurbine® is similar to a miniature jet engine in a case the size of a sub-zero refrigerator. The first microturbine was sold in 1998 for a stationary power generation application. The Capstone turbogenerator has just one moving part supported by their patented air bearings; there are no liquid lubricants or coolants to maintain. State-of-the-art electronics are used to convert the high frequency power from the turbogenerator into useful 50 or 60 Hz three-phase output. Capstone microturbines can operate on a variety of gaseous or liquid fuels and emit very low emissions, making Capstone a clean, green, reliable stheirce of energy. By integrating an aero-based turbine engine, a magnetic generator, advanced power electronics, and maintenance-free air bearing technology, Capstone microturbines are an ideal solution to today’s distributed generation (DG) needs. Capstone microturbines are used in stationary distributed power generation applications including cogeneration, restheirce recovery and secure power, and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). They are scalable from 30 kilowatts (kW) to 10 megawatts (MW). In addition, the impressive reliability of the Capstone microturbine when compared to the failure rates of incumbent technologies makes Capstone the right solution for unmanned sites below 2MW. Capstone also offers an Advanced Power Server (APS) which functions as a “supervisory” control point for multiple Capstone microturbines. The software in the APS can be configured to accommodate a wide range of operating scenarios, letting the customer gain maximum value from their microturbine installation. The APS can provide real time data via a web connection.
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