Capstone Turbine Corporation released the CR200 Low Btu microturbine product; landfill gas applications are a key market for the Capstone CR200 200 kW. Producing energy using gas from these applications which is otherwise flared avoids the need to use non-renewable resources such as coal, oil, or natural gas to produce an equivalent amount of energy.
Certification to the waste fuel emissions standard by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) makes approved technologies such as the CR200 much easier to site in California; often avoiding any local air permitting at all, according to the company.
Capstone microturbines are capable of burning waste gases with methane contents as low as 30%, which can be challenging for competing combustion technologies. Capstone’s low premix combustion technology used to achieve the ARB emissions standard requires no exhaust after treatment, which avoids additional capital equipment costs and reduces ongoing maintenance costs.
Capstone earlier this year acquired the TA100 microturbine product line from Calnetix Power Solutions, Inc. (CPS) and entered into a Manufacturing Sub-contract agreement and an Original Equipment Manufacturer agreement with selected exclusive rights to package a combined microturbine and Waste Heat Recovery Generator (WHG) product.
It also entered into a three-year OEM agreement under which CPS will supply its new 125kW waste heat recovery generator system. In exchange for certain minimum purchase requirements, Capstone has exclusive rights to sell the zero emission waste heat generator for all microturbine applications and for applications below 500kW where the source of heat is the exhaust of a reciprocating engine used in a landfill application.
The ability to harness 125kW of additional exhaust driven electricity will add more than 7% to the total system efficiency and make Capstone even more competitive in landfill applications, Jim Crouse, Capstone’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said.