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Capstone to Upgrade European Distribution Center for Major Italian Food Retailer

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.

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Capstone Turbine Secures Order to Upgrade Building in Sydney Central Business District

CHATSWORTH, Calif., Jan. 13, 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 recently received an order for a C600 microturbine and a C800 microturbine to upgrade a major building in the Sydney Central Business District (CBD).

Capstone Turbines can upgrade buildings in business districts.

Capstone Turbines can upgrade buildings in business districts.

Optimal Group, Capstone’s Australian distributor, secured the order, which is scheduled to be installed in June 2015 and is the first of many similar systems Optimal plans to install in the Sydney CBD.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Australian natural gas production has increased sharply over the past decade as a result of new projects. This combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP) project will provide base load electricity, hot water recovery and cooling to the Sydney CBD building on-site via natural gas fired microturbines. Deployment in a trigeneration application will ensure the building is upgraded to maximize the efficiency of the power generated, while also reducing the payback period.

Capstone’s unique microturbine power generation system was chosen for its low emission capabilities. Unlike many reciprocating engine generators, Capstone microturbines are compliant with current and future emissions regulations as well as green building best practices, without requiring any exhaust after treatment. The environment-friendly system was designed for continuous operation, providing constant base load power with energy efficiency levels of approximately 80 percent. There are often size restrictions for power generation systems in multi-level buildings, but Capstone’s compact microturbines make for a perfect fit — even with limited space to work with.

“A growing regional demand for natural gas and further investment in the country’s reserves have led Australia to produce enough gas to cover its consumption and make it a leading gas exporter,” said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Capstone Turbine. “With power costs continuing to rise, we are pleased to see an increasing number of Australian businesses taking advantage of Capstone microturbines to reduce their cost of power and emission profile via cogeneration and trigeneration,” added Crouse.

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Capstone Turbine Secures 3MW Order to Upgrade State-of-the-Art Glasshouse in South Australia

Dvine tomatoes on vineCHATSWORTH, Calif., Dec. 8, 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 received an order from Optimal Group for three C1000 microturbines to upgrade D’VineRipe’s 27 hectare glasshouse located at Two Wells in South Australia.
Optimal Group, Capstone’s Australian distributor, secured the order, which is expected to be installed and commissioned in April 2015. Earlier this year, Capstone received an order from Optimal Group for fifty C65 microturbines with integrated heat exchangers for the launch of its microturbine based rental fleet. The D’VineRipe glasshouse project will increase the total amount of Capstone microturbine power in Australia to 18MW.
According to the National Farmers’ Federation, 99 percent of Australian farm businesses are family owned and operated. Agricultural commodities play a vital role in Australia, contributing to social, economic, and environmental sustainability.
D’VineRipe is one of the largest producers of glasshouse grown tomatoes in Australia. The facility is fully reliant on power from diesel generators to help produce quality vine ripened tomatoes for local markets. As a part of its Two Wells site expansion, D’VineRipe explored solutions that would both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide more reliable power. The benefits of implementing Capstone microturbines and the flexibility of the application made for an easy decision to switch from the facility’s aging diesel generator sets.
This Australian glasshouse uses Capstone microturbines for reliable power with low emissions.

This Australian glasshouse uses Capstone microturbines for reliable power with low emissions.

“We were attracted to the Capstone Microturbine technology with its ability to respond rapidly to load fluctuations due to its unique inverter based control system and onboard battery pack,” said Byron Mason, Project Manager for D’VineRipe. “The three natural gas powered C1000s will reduce our reliance on diesel, reduce our cost of power, and reduce our CO2 emissions. The Capstone Microturbine solution will be the backbone of our future power needs,” added Mason.
“Electricity prices in Australia have nearly doubled over the past few years,” said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Capstone Turbine. “We see Australia and South America as potentially high growth markets as local businesses start exploring the economic and environmental advantages our microturbines offer over conventional reciprocating diesel generators,” added Crouse.
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EPA Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partnership recognizes Capstone's 2012 Avoided Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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March 29, 2013 – EPA Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partnership recognizes Capstone’s 2012 avoided greenhouse gas emissions. In 2012, Capstone’s reported CHP projects avoided emissions of more than 316,000 metric tons – equal to the estimated generation of electricity used annually by 39,342 homes. The total avoided emissions for all reported Capstone Turbine Corporation CHP projects is estimated at more than 3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, compared to conventional energy sources.

EPA established the CHP Partnership in 2001 to encourage cost-effective CHP projects in the United States. The Partnership is a voluntary program that promotes high-efficiency CHP technology to reduce the environmental impact of power generation.

As of May 2012, the Partnership has more than 400 partners dedicated to promoting and installing CHP.