CHATSWORTH, Calif., Sept. 20, 2000 – A swimming pool in the Netherlands has installed a new kind of power generating technology known for its clean energy.
The public pool in Putten, The Netherlands, is making use of the Capstone MicroTurbine for powering the lights and warming the more than 400,000 gallons of water to 75 degrees F.
Gasunie Research in Groningen, the research and development department of N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie, the natural gas trading and transmission company serving the Dutch and export markets, began operating a Capstone MicroTurbine in December, and is pleased with the results.
“The system worked flawlessly in our initial testing phase, and has proven to be just as reliable here in this real-world application. It is an exciting technology. Nitrogen oxide emissions are nearly the same as those of fuel cells with reformers, but for the price of a fuel cell, you could buy several microturbines,” said Klaas Beukema, Gasunie Research manager.
Microturbines are a new power generation technology with near zero emissions and are designed for high reliability with minimal maintenance. Los Angeles-area-based Capstone Turbine Corp. was the first company to market microturbines, having begun commercial production in December 1998. Today, hundreds of Capstone MicroTurbines are in operation around the world.
The hot exhaust of the microturbine can heat air and water, as well as serve industrial needs for heating and drying. The exhaust is clean enough to be used directly in horticultural greenhouses, as demonstrated last year in an award-winning application by BG Technology in the United Kingdom.
“This is an excellent use of the clean exhaust heat of the Capstone MicroTurbine,” said Ake Almgren, Capstone Turbine president & CEO. “In addition to an expected cost savings of more than 25 percent, combined heat and power micro-cogeneration applications dramatically boost total efficiency to 70 percent or more while also reducing the production of greenhouse gases associated with global warming.”