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Capstone Microturbines to Convert Biogas Into Heat and Power for Irvine Water Recycling Plant

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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USA EPA Awards Emission Reduction Certificate to Capstone for Reducing 3,060,000 Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide.

Capstone Turbine Receives 2013 Emissions Reduction Certificate From the US EPA Combined Heat and Power Partnership
CHATSWORTH, Calif., March 20, 2014 (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 recently received an emissions reduction certificate from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Combined Heat and Power EPA, CHP, Emission Reduction, Energy compliance, green house Gas, alternative energy, green energy, power generation, grid, independent, energy solutions regatta solutions,Partnership.Capstone Turbine, through its U.S. distribution partners, has installed 471 combined heat and power, or CHP, systems that have avoided an estimated 3,060,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, compared to conventional energy sources. CHP is the simultaneous generation of electricity and useful heat. In 2013 alone, Capstone’s customers avoided emissions of more than 298,000 metric tons, equal to those from the generation of electricity used annually by 40,955 homes. CHP applications can achieve overall efficiencies in excess of 80%, which is far better than the electrical efficiency of the national utility grid.In August 2012, the President issued an Executive Order calling for an acceleration of investment in industrial energy efficiency, specifically CHP. The government called for 40 gigawatts of CHP to be installed by 2020, recognizing the need to promote energy independence via distributed generation to reduce the reliance on the national grid. Meeting this goal would save American businesses $10 billion each year and also reduce emissions equivalent to taking 25 million cars off the road.

“Capstone customers can be greener, produce power at a lower cost than the grid, and achieve energy independence with CHP, making it the clear choice moving forward,” said Jim Crouse, Capstone Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

“Capstone is proud to be awarded a 2013 Certificate of Avoided GHG Emissions by the EPA Combined Heat and Power Partnership,” said Darren Jamison, Capstone President and Chief Executive Officer. “This certificate is awarded in recognition of Capstone’s achievement in reducing carbon pollution with CHP projects. Capstone remains committed to being a leader in the combined heat and power industry as the world moves towards more efficient and lower emission power generation methods to meet the growing demand for energy,” Jamison added.

View the EPA certificate: http://www.capstoneturbine.com/news/mediaeventsdetail.asp?id=44

About Capstone Turbine Corporation

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST) is the world’s leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems and was the first to market commercially viable microturbine energy products. Capstone Turbine has shipped approximately 7,000 Capstone Microturbine systems to customers worldwide. These award-winning systems have logged millions of documented runtime operating hours. Capstone Turbine 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. A UL-Certified ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified company, Capstone is headquartered in the Los Angeles area with sales and/or service centers in the New York Metro Area, United Kingdom, Mexico City, Shanghaiand Singapore.

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This press release contains “forward-looking statements,” as that term is used in the federal securities laws, about the advantages of our CHP applications. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “expects,” “objective,” “intend,” “targeted,” “plan” and similar phrases. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties described in Capstone’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that may cause Capstone’s actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied in such statements. Capstone cautions readers not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Capstone undertakes no obligation, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to release any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

“Capstone” and “Capstone MicroTurbine” are registered trademarks of Capstone Turbine Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

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Capstone Further Penetrates Pharmaceutical Market With 2MW Combined Heat and Power Application in Northern California

Clean energy, Combined heat and power, Bloom, Techogen, CHP, Clean tech, LEED, Green Energy, off the grid, pharmaceutical, san francisco, energy solutions, regatta solutions, Capstone, Microturbines, Alternative energy, wind, solar, efficiency, utility savings, peak power shaving, energy demand, energy costs, reduce, natural gasm dual mode, megawatts, MW CHATSWORTH, Calif., Dec. 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today it received an order for two C1000 microturbines for use in a combined heat and power application at a pharmaceutical facility in Northern California.

Regatta Solutions INC, Capstone Turbine Corporation’s west coast distributor, partnered with Energy Systems Development to satisfy the electrical and thermal demands of the pharmaceutical facility in Northern California. The Capstone C1000 microturbines operate in dual mode, meaning they can run in parallel with or separate from the electric utility grid. This ensures the facility has secure and reliable power even during grid outages with no operational downtime. Dual mode operation also provides the benefit of peak shaving, which reduces utility costs during peak hours. Additionally, the exhaust from the microturbines will be captured to provide steam and hot water to the entire facility, raising the overall efficiency of the combined heat and power system to almost 90%.

“It was a pleasure working with the Energy Systems Development team on this opportunity. This project is another example of smart power application of Capstone’s product offering in delivering high energy availability and operationally efficient energy solutions to manufacturers,” said Steven Acevedo, President and CEO of Regatta Solutions.

Energy Systems Development, an engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance company based in Northern California, has been developing the site, which is planned for commissioning in March 2014, for three years. When the need for an energy solution that could provide secure power separate from the grid and reduce operational costs during peak hours arose, Capstone microturbines were the clear choice. According to Stu Chang, President and CEO of Energy Systems Development, “I think that our engineering team, with help from a real world integrator like Regatta Solutions, has created a blueprint for the future of cogeneration. No longer do you have to make a choice between stand alone or grid connect, you can have it all.” Capstone microturbines, in combination with Energy Systems Development’s cutting edge design of heat recovery units and rotary UPSs, create a truly mission critical power plant that enhances facility operations and cuts utility costs.

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Read more: http://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/capstone-further-penetrates-pharmaceutical-market-with-2mw-combined-heat-and-power-application-in-20131217-00373#ixzz2nl10Mmly

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Water, Food, Transportation: Where Green Tech Investments Will Go In 2013

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By: Ucilia Wang, Contributor for Forbes.com

Global green tech investments tumbled in 2012, but a few sectors, such as water and agriculture, attracted a greater interest from investors than the year before, according to market data released by the Cleantech Group on Thursday.

Venture capital investments totaled $6.45 billion worldwide last year, down 33% from 2011. Solar deals accounted for only 11.8% of the investments in 2012, compared with 60% in 2011. It’s not surprising to see this big change in investor attitude. The 2011 bankruptcy of Solyndra, which had raised over $1 billion in private capital, highlighted the reality that solar investments over the previous half a dozen years had yet to make money for many investors. Plus, the big imbalance of supply and demand for solar panels over the past two years prompted factory closures and bankruptcies, and many more manufacturers are sure to disappear over the next three years.

Biofuel and green chemical companies drew 14.8% of the investments in 2012, while transportation took in 14.4% and energy efficiency accounted for 14.1%. Most of the sectors tracked by the Cleantech Group saw fewer deals in 2012 than in 2011. Only three sectors saw an increase in the deal count: biofuel, water/wastewater and agriculture/forestry. Investors are warming up to technology that promises to produce healthier crop efficiently and promote local consumption, given the challenge of managing the existing land, water and other resources to feed a growing population worldwide.

“The world of agriculture hasn’t benefited from the IT revolution, and there is a whole host of companies that are making ag more efficient, healthier, more local and better eating,” said Sheeraz Haji, CEO of Cleantech Group, during a conference call with reporters Thursday.

The inclusion of food production also points to a broadening of the definition of green tech, which in the past referred more narrowly to technologies such as those for renewable electricity and biofuel production, electric car development and new materials and services that help consumers and businesses use energy more efficiently.

A new crop of startups that use sensors, the web and mobile apps in order to offer rentals of cars, scooters and private residences also have become part of the green tech world. These companies promote a more efficient use of resources by, say, renting out people’s cars that would otherwise go unused for hours during the day. Those who rent the cars, in turn, wouldn’t need to buy their own.

For 2013, Haji expects to see strong investor interest in five areas:

1. Water: The price of water is set to go up. Businesses are paying more attention to whether they us water efficiently and how much they pay for: T it.

2. Clean web: Software and data analysis — coupled with the use of mobile apps — will nurture new ways to manage resources, from electricity to transportation. Renting out cars and homes falls in this category. Haji called out Streetline, a startup whose sensors and software help drivers find parking spots.

3. Oil and gas: Yes, the fossil fuel industry isn’t going away soon, and it’s keenly interested in managing its operations, such as its water and electricity consumption, more efficiently. In fact, some solar technology companies are finding customers in oil companies that need cheaper steam for get more oil out of their wells.

4. Waste-to-energy: Turning garbage or agricultural wastes into products such as electricity, transportation fuels and industrial sugar (for making plastic), already has attracted a good amount of venture capital. Trash collection giant Waste Management has invested in many companies in this space.

5. Agriculture and food: Using technology to improve farming is getting a lot of investor interest partly because of the growing, worldwide demand for food and because crop production hasn’t been a fertile ground for tech innovation. Using sensors to check soil and nutrient levels and software to analyze those data are examples of how technology could help.

source: Forbes.com Greentech