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Capstone Secures Order For CCHP Installation

Capstone Turbine Corp. (Chatsworth, Calif.), a manufacturer of micro-turbine energy systems, has received an order for one of its C1000 systems to be used in a combined cooling, heat, and power (CCHP) application at a resort in Hawaii. The Capstone C1000 implemented in a CCHP configuration will allow the resort’s hotel to utilize the exhaust heat of the micro-turbine to provide domestic hot water and pool heating via a hot water heat exchanger, while also providing cooling needs through the use of an absorption chiller.

The Capstone C1000 dual-mode propane high-humidity micro-turbine sale was secured by Regatta Solutions from Critchfield Pacific Inc., a design-build mechanical contractor in Hawaii that specializes in the installation of energy-efficient HVAC systems. By using the Capstone micro-turbine in a CCHP application, Critchfield expects the resort to cut its payback period in half.

In addition to boosting overall energy efficiency and reducing costs, the micro-turbine’s dual-mode capacity will enable it to function uninterrupted in the event of an electrical power outage. “Capstone’s ability to parallel with the existing grid or work independently from the grid ensures the hotel has the energy reliability and availability it requires,” said Jim Crouse, executive vice president, sales and marketing, at Capstone Turbine Corp. “Many of our customers have recognized the value of using Capstone products to improve efficiency, plus ensure power and thermal energy in the event of a utility power outage.”

Crouse added that the system’s ability to operate without lubricating oil and cooling fluids also provides for low maintenance, while “tri-generation” provides high-efficiency onsite energy production, helping customers reduce rising electric costs.