CHATSWORTH, Calif., March 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it received an order for a C800 microturbine to upgrade a major European distribution center for Italian food retailer, Conad, in Fiano Romano, Italy.

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Conad in Italy will use a Capstone C800 to provide the facility with electricity and chilled water to refrigerate the warehouse.

IBT Group, Capstone’s Italian distributor, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned later this year.

The methane-fueled C800 microturbine will be installed in a combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) application to provide electricity to the facility as well as chilled water to refrigerate the warehouse using an ammonia absorption chiller. The trigeneration system will include a heat recovery module to produce hot water for washing and space heating for offices. Any excess electricity produced by the microturbine will be sold back to the utility, thus providing a further reduction in operational expenditures.

Headquartered in Bologna, Conad is an Italian food retail store brand that operates one of the largest supermarket chains in Italy. Conad will be one of the first Italian retailers to implement clean-and-green microturbine technology to effectively maintain a temperature-controlled facility, and at a fraction of the cost. With energy efficiency levels approaching 90 percent, the environment-friendly system will also ensure minimal system maintenance and a reduced payback period.

“We decided to invest in the cold chain not only because we want to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse emissions, but especially to significantly reduce the energy consumption to allow us to offer concrete support to our members in order to translate it into real savings for our customers,” said Danilo Toppetti, General Manager of PAC 2000A-Conad, the largest cooperative within the Conad consortium. “We hope that Conad, nationally, may decide to apply this technology to other distribution centers soon,” added Toppetti.

“Capstone sees an excellent growth opportunity in Italy,” said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Capstone Turbine. “Forward-looking companies like Conad will set new standards of energy excellence across the country,” added Crouse.

 

Further details on Capstone Turbine, as well as the original press release, are available here.

CHATSWORTH, Calif., March 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it has secured an order to upgrade the Salvaplastic manufacturing plant in San Salvador, El Salvador.

This will serve as Capstone’s first project in El Salvador with hopes that it will encourage the development of future projects there. El Salvador is experiencing significant growth in its manufacturing sector despite a decline in the number of manufacturing plants that import and assemble components for export, also known as maquiladoras.

Senerco-Enertiva, Capstone’s distributor in Central America, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned in August 2015.
A propane-fueled Capstone C200 microturbine will be installed in a grid connect configuration to provide electricity to the manufacturing facility in parallel with the local utility. The microturbine will be deployed in a combined cooling and power application which includes a direct exhaust absorption chiller for cold water production. In addition, the quiet operation and compact footprint of the microturbine will allow for a fast and easy installation, keeping capital costs low and ensuring rapid payback.

Salvaplastic is a quality plastics manufacturer committed to continuous improvement as well as being environmentally friendly in its manufacturing processes. Salvaplastic opted for a clean-and-green Capstone microturbine over reciprocating engine alternatives to reduce the overall cost of operation by improving efficiency. The cogeneration system will require minimal maintenance by the end user and won’t require any oil or lubricants for operation.

“As Capstone develops and strengthens its presence in Central America, we continue to leverage the demonstrated success of our combined heat and power projects worldwide,” said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Capstone Turbine. “This project is yet another example of smart power generation with a high efficiency energy solution for a customer looking to reduce their operational costs,” added Crouse.

“Success in new geographies and verticals is critical to Capstone’s success and continued growth and further diversifies and strengthens our global distribution channel,” said Darren Jamison, President and Chief Executive Officer at Capstone Turbine. “Growth in new markets like Central America, South America, Africa and the Middle East will be critical over the next couple of years as we transition from operating losses into sustained profitability,” added Jamison.





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Combined Heat and Power (CHP) provides power and heating to manufacturing and business sites.

Last week Andrea Marr, VP of Energy Services at Regatta Solutions, and other members of the California Clean Distributed Generation Coalition (CCDC) met with California state lawmakers at the State Capitol. The focus of the conversations was new legislation that would remove the unfair burden of departing load charges from most onsite cogeneration projects. This bill, AB674, sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin (D-22), would still require customers with clean onsite generation to pay utility fees for electricity purchased from the grid. It would, however, remove the requirement for these customers to pay what amounts to an additional 75-100% sales tax on these clean generation projects.

Regatta Solutions believes that a transition away from fossil fuel dependency is good for our environment, our air, and our economy. We also believe that cogeneration can ease the transition to a renewable economy by providing very efficient and powerful onsite generation and alleviating congestion on the grid. Industries like manufacturing and food production are extremely power intensive and no amount of solar on the roof will cover their usage. In all but very rare cases, manufacturers will continue to rely on the grid for all of their power, consuming more on hot days and putting a strain on the grid during peak times like the rest of us.

Without legislation to remove the burden of departing load charges, California is unlikely to meet Governor Brown’s goal of 6,500 MW of onsite power from cogeneration by 2020. In many cases, removing this charge would single handedly make projects financially viable. Regatta Solutions urges legislators to pass AB674 as quickly as possible to ensure California’s energy future remains clean and affordable.

The SoCalGas Distributed Energy Resources Seminar is hosting “DG/CHP/Storage, A Clean and Efficient Way to Reduce Energy Costs” at the Downey, CA, Energy Resources Center. Andrea Marr, Regatta Solutions’ VP of Energy Services, will be presenting on combined heat and power (CHP) in distributed generation applications.

Members of the Regatta Solutions team will be exhibiting at a booth and will be available to answer applications questions. Stop by and say hello! There is no cost to attend the seminar.

Date: Thursday, 03/12/15 09:00 AM – 03:00 PM

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Seminar Description:

Learn How Distributed Energy Resources (DG/CHP/Storage) Can Help Save You Money and Increase Your Energy Reliability

This seminar will focus on natural gas-fired technologies that generate power while also providing heating and cooling needs. Get the latest information on incentives, the market environment, technology developments and current policies and regulations affecting on-site generation.

Learn what steps to take in order to make the most informed decision about your particular application of Distributed Energy Resources.

Several equipment and technology vendors will discuss their experience with successful projects and demonstrations that prove the validity of distributed generation and combined heat and power for a variety of applications. Vendors include gas engine, fuel cell, micro turbine, turbine and energy storage manufacturers.

This seminar will be held at:

Southern California Gas Company
Energy Resource Center
9240 Firestone Blvd.
Downey, CA 90241

8:30 a.m. check-in and continental breakfast
Networking lunch provided

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CHATSWORTH, Calif., March 4, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it received an order to upgrade the Irvine Ranch Water District’s Michelson Water Recycling Plant in Irvine, California with five C200 microturbines.

Regatta Solutions Inc., Capstone’s distributor in California, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned in early 2016. Once commissioned, the microturbines will cleanly and effectively operate on the biogas, or “green waste”, produced on-site from digestion of biosolids.

Capstone microturbines will be installed in a grid connect configuration to provide electricity to the recycling plant in parallel with the local utility. The site will include a biogas conditioning skid to compress the plant’s biogas for use in the microturbine engines. The microturbines are deployed in a combined heat and power (CHP) configuration. The exhaust from the microturbines will be captured using heat exchangers to provide hot water for process heating the plant, thus reducing the need for natural gas and providing the highest system efficiency possible.

The Irvine Ranch Water District serves Central Orange County under the provisions of the State of California Water Code. The district provides high-quality drinking water, reliable wastewater collection and treatment, recycled water programs, and environment-friendly urban runoff treatment.

The Irvine Ranch Water District chose Capstone microturbines over reciprocating engines for their ability to meet local building and air emissions requirements as well as their proven field experience and service support. Capstone microturbines also meet SCAQMD BACT emissions levels that allow for a streamlined air emissions permitting process.

“Capstone microturbines offer redundancy and the ability to be sequenced to load follow automatically based on gas availability and the electrical loads at the site,” said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Capstone Turbine. “With Capstone microturbines, businesses are able to reduce operational expenditures while simultaneously helping their local community,” added Crouse.

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CHATSWORTH, Calif., March 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it received an order for two C1000 microturbines to upgrade a top Northern California brewery.

Regatta Solutions, Capstone’s distributor in California, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned later this year.  Two Capstone C1000 microturbines will replace the aging natural gas fuel cells currently powering the California brewery. Capstone microturbines can seamlessly meet changing facility demands and are flexible enough to allow for irregular daily load profiles, which effectively maximizes efficiency and reduces operating costs.

“The brewery, like many of our clients, vetted multiple technologies, including traditional reciprocating engines. However, the Capstone solution presented the best option, offering a clean emission technology to act as the base load for a smart grid installation,” said Steven Acevedo, President and CEO at Regatta Solutions.

The two Megawatt combined heat and power (CHP) system will be integrated with the existing solar PV system in a microgrid application to provide reliable on-site power and the ability to export any excess power generated. In addition, thermal energy from the microturbine exhaust will be captured through cogeneration and transferred to heat exchangers to provide space heating and hot water.

With Capstone’s patented emission technology, operations at the brewery will meet the state of California’s stringent emissions standards without the need for expensive and unreliable exhaust after treatment equipment. The units will be commissioned in a CHP heat recovery configuration so the plant’s total system efficiency will exceed 80 percent.

“Businesses are continuously looking for ways to enhance their core processes and become more energy efficient, reduce costs and be good stewards of the environment,” said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Capstone Turbine. “Capstone microturbines are the ideal solution, helping businesses achieve energy independence by providing clean, reliable power at a lower cost than the utility,” added Crouse.

About Regatta Solutions, Inc. www.regattasp.com
Regatta Solutions enables success for a cleaner tomorrow. Under the leadership of President and CEO, Steven Acevedo, Regatta Solutions is the exclusive Capstone Distributor covering California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. The company provides solutions for oil and gas, data centers, hospitality, manufacturing, healthcare, food and beverage production, property management, landfills, digesters, waste water treatment, and utilities. Superb after-market service is available with Capstone’s “bumper to bumper” Factory Protection Plan. Regatta Solutions 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.

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