Coal, Gas

DG Update: Briefly Noted

Issue 2 and Volume 107.

Microturbine power system manufacturer Capstone Turbine Corporation has documented nearly three million hours – about 342 years – of aggregated runtime among its microturbine systems operating in North America and overseas. Capstone has accumulated operating data on about half of the more than 2,400 microturbines the company has shipped since its 1998 introduction of the product. The three million hour-mark was achieved on December 10 during the POWER-GEN International conference in Orlando and announced at that time by Capstone at the company’s exhibit.

Catalytica Energy Systems has announced an order placed with Kawasaki Gas Turbines by the Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. for a 1.4 MW GPB15X generator package featuring Catalytica’s Xonon Cool Combustion. The gen-set will be located at the Pleasantville, New York headquarters of Reader’s Digest, and will provide about 75 percent of the power for the 650,000 square foot facility housing 1,000 employees. The installation will include a high-pressure steam absorption chiller designed by Carrier. The package will be one of the cleanest combined heating, cooling, and electric generating gas turbine plants in the world in for its size. The Xonon system will allow the turbine to operate with ultra-low NOx emissions of less than 3 ppm.

The Entegris Composite Bipolar Plate Manufacturing Center has opened in Chaska, Minn. Entegris will make high volumes of bipolar and monopolar plates for major fuel cell developers throughout the U.S., Japan and Europe. Entegris bipolar plates are available up to 12″ x 20″ and a thickness less than 0.10″. The plates can be utilized for all portable, stationary and transportation fuel cell stack needs. Entegris also provides fluid handling components, assemblies and service for balance of plant applications to the fuel cell industry, assisting engineers in the development of fuel cells from concept to commercialization.

A new test code for fuel cell systems, ASME PTC 50 – Performance Test Code on Fuel Cell Power Systems Performance, is now available from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The code contains methods and procedures for conducting tests and reporting fuel cell system performance characteristics. It addresses instrumentation commonly used for testing and covers testing technologies and methodologies for calculating and reporting results.

The R. Jan LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications at Richland College in Dallas has purchased a 250 kW (315 kVA) rotary UPS (uninterruptible power supply) system manufactured by Worcester, Mass.-based SatCon Power Systems. The UPS will provide power conditioning and back up power to protect its distance learning data center against power outages, ensuring that more than 80,000 on-line students can continue their on-line classes in the event of an electrical power outage.