Capstone to Provide Combined Heating and Power Microturbine System to an Alaskan Municipality

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 4/28/2022, Location: North America

Capstone Green Energy Corporation, a global leader in carbon reduction and on-site resilient green Energy as a Service (EaaS) solutions, announced that its Alaska distributor, Arctic Energy, Inc., has secured an order for five Capstone 65 kilowatt (kW) integrated heating and power (ICHP) dual-mode microturbines. The system was purchased by a waste management facility that is part of the Municipality of Anchorage. It will provide both heat and power for all the facility's critical infrastructure required to operate the site, even during extreme winter weather conditions.

Fueled by natural gas, the microturbine-based energy array will run in "multi-pack," providing 325 kW of power as it operates primarily in parallel with the local utility. Using Capstone's automatic dual-mode capabilities, the system will be able to automatically switch to standalone backup power in the event of a local grid failure. The system is expected to be commissioned in September 2022.

The customer pursued the new power system as part of its plan to expand one of its main facilities. This presented an opportunity to establish new energy efficiencies that had not previously been part of the site. After considering solar and battery storage options, it was determined that a combined heat and power or CHP system would be the most reliable and economical solution. Though solar and battery integration will be possible in the future, they will not be part of the current configuration.

Once the customer decided on what kind of power system they would implement, they ultimately chose Capstone's technology for its simplicity of design and installation, high efficiency, low noise impact, and minimal maintenance needs. Even as other system features were removed from the design for cost needs, the Capstone units remained.

Overall, the system will help the municipality reduce costs by providing a hedge against rising utility rates. Cost reduction will also be achieved through the inherent efficiency of the CHP system and the high reliability/low maintenance qualities of the microturbines. Arctic Energy provided essential support to the customer in calculating the economics and handling the project design.

"Arctic Energy is proud to be part of the municipality’s energy savings and management progress," said Greg Porter, President of Arctic Energy. "Municipalities employ many people and at the same time must plan for rising infrastructure costs. In Alaska, those costs are paid for by property taxes. So it's more important than ever that Municipalities look at energy reduction and savings to retain good employees and reduce the operating costs for future expansion."

"Municipalities have tremendous opportunity to leverage the cost efficiencies and reliability of CHP, especially in light of growing constraints on the utilities," said Darren Jamison, Chief Executive Officer of Capstone Green Energy. "Beyond these benefits, there are also the environmental benefits of running a highly efficient system. These are the kind of wins that give constituents confidence that their local leaders are truly looking after their best interests."


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