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Capstone Secures 4MW Order for Major Australian Manufacturer

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.

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EPA Webinar: Better Buildings, Better Plants Look Ahead – January 22, 2015

The EPA is a hosting a webinar on the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program. This program is made up of companies that are “implementing cost-effective energy efficiency improvements that save money, create jobs, promote energy security, and strengthen the competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing sector.”

Full details and registration

The program will offer ideas on ways to:regatta-ieewg 

  • reduce the energy intensity of your manufacturing supply chain
  • cut back on water use
  • move your energy management from basic operations into a C-suite strategy

Title: Better Buildings, Better Plants Look Ahead
Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST

Webinar topics include:

  • Reducing energy intensity in manufacturing supply chains – DOE is working with select Better Plants Partners to deliver technical assistance and improve energy management within their supply chains
  • Cutting back on industrial water use – Through the Better Plants Challenge, seven manufacturers have set water reduction targets and agreed to share industry-leading best practices with the public
  • Water and wastewater sector outreach – DOE is expanding the Better Plants Program to partner with water and wastewater treatment plants, which face unique challenges in managing energy use within their facilities
  • Expanded In-Plant Training opportunities – New training topics will be explored in 2015, including a special focus on strategic energy management; DOE has already trained over 750 participants and helped identify more than 2.5 trillion Btus in energy savings and $14 million in cost savings through these events.

 

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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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CHP: Bright ideas in Profit and Power.

CHP/Cogeneration: Bright ideas in Profit and Power.

Cogeneration has been around since 1882 thanks to Edison’s relentless experimentation with sockets, fuses, switches, power meters, generators and the conviction that energy efficiency could change the world.

“At 3pm on September 4, 1882, Edison threw the switch that would start up America’s first power plant, serving a square-mile area that included some very wealthy and influential customers: J.P. Morgan, the Stock Exchange, and the nation’s largest newspapers.” Source PBS Edison’s Miracle of Light

While this concept has propelled the way in which power is distributed, many industrial producers remain unaware of how to harness their power and profit from cogeneration as an Smart Power solution. Efficiency in operational energy demand and production can produce both savings and profit with and ROI on average of 3-5 years. Better yet, most turbine solutions in cogeneration applications have relatively small footprints for development, and are not dependent on unpredictable elements like sun and wind in order to provide power.

“According to the International Energy Agency, power generation from non-hydro renewable sources including solar, wind and bioenergy will exceed gas and nuclear by 2016 and renewable power is expected to increase by 40 percent in the next five years. “Combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat from a single fuel source, such as: natural gas, biomass, biogas, coal, waste heat, or oil,” reports the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Cogeneration was likely first introduced by Thomas Edison in 1882 at his Pearl Street Station which combined heat and power, producing electricity and thermal energy.” Source: Future of Cogen is Green by Chadwick Wasilenkoff
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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