Capstone to supply microturbine for direct exhaust application

US-based Capstone Turbine has announced a microturbine order that it said represents a reference application in Europe. à‚ 

à‚ The company’s C600 Signature Series microturbine will provide power and process heat for a wood chip and wood flour manufacturerà‚ in northeast Italy, and Capstone said it will be the first direct exhaust application within Europe’s wood flour industry. à‚ à‚ 

The microturbine is planned to be installed in a combined heat and power (CHP) configuration and will run on liquefied natural gas. In addition to powering the manufacturing facility, the direct exhaust from the microturbine will be connected to the existing wood drying system, which Capstone said will boost the system’s overall efficiency.

The order was secured by one of Capstone’s Italian distributors, IBT Europe GmbH. The microturbine is expected to be commissioned in January.

Ilario Vigani, IBT Europe’s CEO, said: “Being the first reference in Europe of a direct exhaust application for the wood flour industry, it’s a very important project for us.

“It plays a strategic role as a forerunner in the configuration of Capstone’s oil-free natural gas microturbines in direct fumes applications used in specific industrial drying processes.”

Jim Crouse, executive vice-president of sales and marketing at Capstone, added: “As the US dollar weakens, we are seeing a noticeable improvement in the number of opportunities within the European power generation sector.

“With direct drying applications in particular, businesses can achieve energy efficiency levels greater than 80 per cent while simplifying the installation and maximizing return on investment.”

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