Food Processing Expo 2017 was a huge success with more than 2,500 participants in the two-day event held February 8-9 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

news-food-processing-showAndrea Marr, VP of Energy Services and Brent Beckwith, Account Executive hosted a Regatta booth at the Expo.  Regatta featured cogeneration and microgrid solutions for food processors who are focused on high operational efficiency and sustainable practices.   The day prior to the Expo, a first-time Food Processing Workforce Summit was well attended and featured an interactive forum providing information and guidance for food processors on a variety of human resource issues facing the industry. Expo workshops also attracted large audiences. Workshop topics included Finding a Co-Packer, Prop 65, Water Conservation and Preparing for Food Safety Audits.

A message from our CEO,

pic-steve-bio-2Over the course of Regatta Solutions’ history we have commissioned more Combined Heat and Power (CHP) projects than any other company in California. That’s a bold statement to make but our results speak for themselves. As Capstone Turbine’s West Coast Distributor, Regatta Solutions has an install base of over 500 microturbines across 150 clients and experience with hundreds of successful CHP systems throughout California, Washington, Oregon and Nevada.  While our company has performed numerous turn key projects when requested by our clients, we often supply products and solutions to the energy developer community for installation by third parties.  With all that experience, we’ve learned a few things about successful projects.  Here are some do’s and don’ts for any client looking to embark on a distributed generation journey.

  1. Choose an Experienced Developer

Does your developer have experience delivering successful CHP projects?  Installing successful technical projects requires more than just financing experience or knowing how to put a financial model in place.  Many energy project developers are focused on selling a concept and severely lack the practical knowledge required to actually implement projects. This could pose a significant financial risk to your project – you don’t want to uncover a large hidden cost very late in the process because the developer was unaware of a requirement.  Some developers might assemble teams with the right engineering disciplines but nevertheless, these teams have never had the practical experience of engineering, installing and commissioning a CHP system.  In the last eight years, we have seen some unfathomable things, from improperly sized electrical panels to expensive and unnecessary copper pool water piping. Don’t be a guinea pig for a developer!  Make sure your vetting process is rigorous.  Visit the developer’s past project sites and validate their customers’ experiences.  Don’t make a decision based on a spreadsheet!

  1. Consider the whole solution not just the Prime Mover

When deciding on a CHP solution, we suggest that instead of focusing on the prime mover, you also consider the component parts that will make up your system.  Are the manufacturers of those parts known for value, quality, customer service, warranty and a history of success in CHP systems. The variety of components that make up a CHP solution may include heat exchangers, steam generators, chillers, electrical devices and of course the engine or turbine itself.  We have consistently seen sites where the prime mover was blamed for performance issues when in fact it was an ancillary component that was failing or improperly sized. The integrity to stand behind a product and admit fault when failure occurs is of utmost importance, which is why we’ve been proud to do business with Capstone Turbine.  Unfortunately, not all manufacturers operate that way; issues will happen and you want companies involved who want to be your partner. Having the right partners will help insure a high degree of reliability once the systems get implemented.

  1. Don’t just blindly trust a big, expensive engineering firm

Experience counts.  Just because an engineering firm is a big name, doesn’t mean they have experience with cogeneration.  Specific CHP project experience is a must.  We have often seen the very large reputable engineering firms make costly mistakes for their clients with designs that were more hypothetical than practical.  Often, solutions are over engineered, significantly impacting project cost.  Challenge your engineer to look at multiple technologies out there not just the ones that they are comfortable with. Challenge your engineer to seek out manufacture to provide input and conduct a drawing review before their solutions are presented to you.

  1. Have you thought about Controls?

Controls of the CHP solution are often an afterthought; they’re selected last and only considered during commissioning.  Our recommendation is to make controls one of your first considerations when designing the CHP solution.  Proper sequencing and balancing of energy resources can make or break the value derived from your installation.  Also ask, who else could benefit from proper data collection?  Often this benefits external sources that may require data to conduct an economic validation, in addition to measuring greenhouse gases.

  1. Who will do the maintenance?

After the project is complete and the developer and general contractor are gone, your only relationship remains to a maintenance organization who will maintain your prime mover and associated equipment. It is also important to adequately consider the maintenance process during design to make sure that the system can be easily maintain throughout its life. Next, what is the value proposition of the maintenance supplier? And how do you know that they have what it takes?  We suggest that, at a minimum, you ask about licensed and qualified personnel, parts inventories, history of customer satisfaction and average fleet uptime.  What else have they done or can they do to maximize system uptime?  At Regatta, we’ve added controls to our system to allow them to call home and report faults when they occur. We can either make a fix remotely or make sure that the service technician is prepared with the right parts, before he even heads to the site for a diagnostic.  What will your maintenance provider do when something breaks?

  1. Summary

Don’t be afraid to take the next step and investigate if CHP is the right solution for your application.  But when you do, make sure you’re as informed as possible about your options and about the value that your contractor or developer is really bringing to the table.  Regatta Solutions can provide you with a quick assessment to evaluate if your enterprise is a candidate for a CHP installation.  Let us know how we can be of service.

 

Sincerely,

Steven Acevedo

President and CEO
Regatta Solutions, Inc.

CHATSWORTH, Calif., Sept. 11, 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 C1000 dual mode Power Package to provide thermal and electrical power at a top-ranked, private Christian college in central Pennsylvania.

E-Finity Distributed Generation, Capstone’s distributor for the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned in summer 2016.

After switching to natural gas due to recent propane shortages in the area, the college needed a clean energy solution that would provide year-round electrical power to the campus center, and heating and cooling to various other campus buildings. Capstone microturbines were chosen for their fuel flexibility, low emissions and quiet operation. The on-site microturbine power plant is part of a long-term clean energy project to help the college reduce its carbon footprint and meet its sustainability initiatives.

The natural gas-fueled C1000 Power Package will be installed in a combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) application to produce electrical power as well as hot and chilled water. The turbine will operate in dual mode, which allows the customer to operate independently of the grid or with the grid in a load sharing capacity. With energy efficiency levels approaching 80 percent, the college will soon benefit from having lower operating expenses, minimal system maintenance and backup power capabilities.

“We are extremely pleased every time one of our microturbines is delivered to a school or university, especially those that invest in clean energy practices and environmental awareness,” said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Capstone Turbine. “Capstone is dedicated to helping these businesses work towards their goals for long-term sustainability,” added Crouse.

CHATSWORTH, Calif., Sept. 9, 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 four C1000 microturbines for a major Australian manufacturer. Optimal Group, Capstone’s Australian distributor, secured the order for the 4MW facility, which is scheduled to be commissioned in early 2016.

The four natural-gas-fueled 1MW microturbines will be installed in dual mode, which will allow the customer to operate independently of the grid or with the grid in a load sharing capacity. The microturbines will provide lower emission power and increased reliability to their manufacturing process. Capstone microturbines were chosen for their redundancy and suitability for further expansion. Other technologies cannot compete with Capstone’s speed of delivery and time to commissioning.

“Australia stands at the edge of a boom in manufacturing as major trading partners like China look to Australia for premium products,” said Craig Dugan, Chief Executive Officer at Optimal Group. “This fuels a lot of interest in the type of clean and reliable distributed power generation only Capstone can provide,” added Dugan.

Australia’s free trade agreement with China is expected to be in place by the end of the year, and the deal will make Australian products much more affordable there.
“Australia will grow significantly this year and help offset the slowdown in business we’ve received in Russia,” said Darren Jamison, President and Chief Executive Officer at Capstone Turbine. “Capstone has already matched the number of MW sold to Australia from last fiscal year, and we are excited to see our Australian distributor’s continued success within their market,” added Jamison.

CHATSWORTH, Calif., June 8, 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 two orders for C1000 microturbines for energy efficiency projects in New York City, New York. A single C1000 will be installed at a New York University research and learning facility while a second C1000 will replace the existing generators at the River Park Towers residential complex in the Bronx.

RSP Systems, Capstone’s distributor for New York and Connecticut, secured both orders, which are to be commissioned in early 2016. Both natural-gas-fueled C1000 microturbines will be installed in combined heat and power (CHP) applications in order to provide primary power and hot water to each location. Once commissioned, the microturbine systems will decrease the operating costs for both customers by shrinking demand during peak hours and cutting the overall energy purchased from the grid.

Capstone microturbines were chosen for their low emission profile and for holding the highest net efficiency rate at nearly 80 percent. Capstone is at the forefront of green building technology, ensuring that the New York University research facility and Bronx residential complex remain compliant with all current emissions laws and green building best practices.

“We are strongly encouraged by the growing acceptance of Capstone microturbines in the New York City area as it’s a tremendous market opportunity with excellent economics for CHP customers,” said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Capstone Turbine.

“Our distributor in New York City has invested heavily in marketing, personnel, training and infrastructure over the last several years to be in position today to really penetrate this critical market, and I am encouraged to see the positive results of their efforts,” said Darren Jamison, Capstone’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

“RSP Systems is a great example of how we are diversifying our business from oil and gas into the CHP market and how the maturation of our distribution channel will provide future top line growth,” added Jamison.

CHATSWORTH, Calif., June 3, 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 25 C65 microturbines to fulfill the continual expansion of existing oil and gas customer fleets in shale plays across the western United States.

Horizon Power Systems, Capstone’s distributor for the Eagle Ford, Permian, Barnett, Mancos, San Juan, and Wattenberg Shale plays, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned later this year. The order will serve numerous facets of the shale oil and gas production process and help to bolster aging infrastructures throughout these regions.

The natural-gas-fueled C65 microturbines will be installed in dual mode, which allows each customer to operate independently of the grid or with the grid in a load sharing capacity. Once commissioned, the microturbine systems will decrease the operating costs of key U.S. shale operations and ensure that reliable power is delivered to each site.

“As the U.S. shale market strengthens, Capstone stands ready with efficient and reliable microturbine energy solutions for both new and follow-on customers,” said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Capstone Turbine. “From urban to remote locations, Capstone microturbines continue to be the ideal solution for oil and gas producers looking to reduce operational expenditures and improve their on-site performance,” added Crouse.

“This significant new order is received following our recent order coming out of the Marcellus and Utica Shale Plays which had been secured by our distributor E-Finity Distributed Generation. Having our distributor Horizon Power Systems secure an impressive 25 microturbine unit order should be considered a clear market indicator that shale gas producers are continuing to focus on increasing efficiency while lowering their operating costs despite the low energy prices. Capstone microturbines are becoming a brand name to which customers turn for highly reliable and low-maintenance energy solutions within the global oil and gas industry,” stated Darren Jamison, President and Chief Executive Officer at Capstone Turbine Corporation.

 

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ICF International provides Energy + Environment Intelligence Webinars on the second and last Tuesdays of every month.

Energy Recovery and Conservation

DATE: May 12, 2015
TIME: 11:30AM–12:30PM (Eastern)

In this webinar, ICF International experts examine the opportunity for behind-the-meter generation (BMG) using waste energy recovery (WER) and conservation combined heat and power (CCHP) in Ontario. The webinar provides an introduction to combined heat and power (CHP) in the context of the Conservation First program and describes the current market for BMG in terms of existing market and achievable opportunities in Ontario.

Discussion topics include:

  • Business case for CHP from utility and customer perspectives
  • Program rules for eligible projects
  • Recommended approaches to realize BMG opportunity
  • Specific types of BMG will be eligible for incentives under Ontario’s new Conservation First Framework, which will be in effect from 2015 to 2020. By focusing on CHP, local distribution companies (LDC) in Ontario will enhance their prospects for achieving Conservation First targets.

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CHATSWORTH, Calif., April 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 leading pork producer in Lithuania.

Sarlin Oy Ab, Capstone’s distributor for Finland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned in October 2015.

Fueled by biogas produced on site, the C800 microturbine will be installed in a combined heat and power (CHP) application along with an anaerobic digester, fuel compressor and heat exchanger. With energy efficiency levels approaching 80 percent, the innovative “green waste” energy system will convert organic solid waste into clean, renewable energy for the meat production facility. In addition, the exhaust from the microturbine will be captured to provide thermal heat at the highest efficiency possible.

Capstone microturbines were chosen for their ease of operation, low maintenance, low emissions, reliability and modular design. The cogeneration system will require minimal maintenance by the end user and without the need for any oil, lubricants or coolants.

According to a 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service, Lithuania is actively developing renewable energy sources (RES) from biomass and other sources to gain energy independence. The amount of energy generated from biofuels in Lithuania is the second highest in the EU per capita, and it is estimated that by 2020 the country will lead the EU in the quantity of biomass available for biofuel production.

“As Capstone further penetrates the global renewable energy market, we continue to deliver reliable smart power generation solutions and leverage leading-edge green waste conversion technologies,” said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Capstone Turbine. “Food production facilities like these benefit from renewable energy production by meeting their zero-waste initiatives and achieving a boost in net efficiency,” added Crouse.

“I’m excited to see some of our distribution partners like Sarlin Oy have success in new geographies like Lithuania as global diversification is key to Capstone’s near-term and long-term revenue growth,” said Darren Jamison, President and Chief Executive Officer at Capstone Turbine. “Today Capstone has 84 distribution partners worldwide with approximately 740 employees in 152 locations dedicated to the innovative Capstone products,” added Jamison.

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Sheryl Gonzales

Project Manager

Western Nevada Development District

sgonzales@wndd.org

775-883-7333 X2000

The requirements for the energy infrastructure to meet future needs as well as the development of new energy technologies will be spotlighted during the Nevada Economic Development Conference May 19-21.

The two-day conference is expected to draw at least 350 of the region’s leaders for a wide-ranging discussion of Nevada’s economic path. It’s at the Joe Crowley Student Union on the University of Nevada, Reno, campus.

Register at www.wndd.org.

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Tom Clark of Tom Clark Solutions will present on the state and local energy policies positively affecting Nevada.
  • Jeff Helion of Nevada Energy on innovative energy projects in Nevada.
  • Lauren Scott of Alkcon Corp. on bioenergy in Nevada.
  • Mark Williams of NV Energy on the electric network and energy resources.
  • Debra Gallo and Holly Lloyd of Southwest Gas on a plan for the natural gas infrastructure in northern Nevada.
  • Alden Hathaway of Atlanta-based Sterling Planet Inc. on renewable energy credits, white tags and carbon offsets.
  • Mark Gilbreth, Chief Technology Officer with Regatta Solutions will present on the efficiencies of combined heat and power production.
  • Mark Hauenstein of the consulting firm Technical Designs on deregulation to spur economic growth.
  • Rex Stock from Rebo Energy Inc., Cory Ebgert of Homestretch Energy, Wayne Baker from Aspen Engineering and Kevin Meyer from Mesa Energy Services will present on geothermal power – Harnessing the Power, Reap the Benefits.

The Nevada Economic Development Conference is presented by the Western Nevada Development District, the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno, and USDA Rural Development.

For additional information on registration, call 775-883-7333 ext. 2000.