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Business Briefs

Issue 11 and Volume 107.

Capstone Turbine Corp. has begun shipping its new combined heat and power product based on the company’s 60 kW microturbine power system. Most of the 2,500 Capstone MicroTurbines shipped worldwide have a separate heat exchanger. The new all-in-one system has a 20-inch top-mounted heat exchanger for lower cost and footprint. Total fuel efficiency is greater than 80 percent.

FuelCell Energy and its U.S. distribution partner, PPL Energy Plus, have announced the installation of a Direct FuelCell 300A power plant at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel in Parsippany, N.J. that will provide 250 kW of electric power and heat. The installation, similar to one installed at the Sheraton Hotel Raritan Center in Edison, N.J., provides about 25 percent of the hotel’s electricity and hot water. PPL will own, operate and maintain the power plant. Both projects are part of a master energy service agreement that PPL and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide have signed that could eventually lead to PPL installing DFC power plants at other Starwood properties across the U.S.

MGE UPS Systems and Ballard Power Systems have launched field trials for MGE’s Evolution Uninterruptible Power Supply powered by Ballard’s Nexa RM Series proton exchange membrane fuel cell modules. A demonstration in New York City included a simulated blackout in a midtown high-rise during which the 3 KVA Evolution UPS provided power to a rack of computer networking equipment and a large plasma screen display, while Ballard’s AirGen Portable Fuel Cell generator kept a small refrigerator, lighting and other small electronics operating for more than an hour.

Private finance and asset management firm New Energy Capital, LLC (NEC) and energy consulting firm KEMA have entered into an agreement designed to promote investments in renewable energy and distributed generation. NEC is raising capital to make equity investments in renewable energy, distributed generation and energy productivity projects, assets and developers. KEMA will provide technical and financial due diligence services to support NEC’s decision-making process. Under the agreement, NEC will leverage KEMA’s technical and financial due diligence services including opportunity identification and analysis, business plan review, project feasibility and planning study review, and project valuation.

Dresser-Rand has established RECON, a performance and condition monitoring solution to keep rotating equipment operating at peak efficiency. RECON helps clients make decisions about operation, maintenance, upgrades and outages for lower ownership costs and increased profits. RECON Equipment Monitoring Services collects, analyzes, diagnoses and reports information from remote equipment, particularly important to owners and operators of equipment in locations not easily accessible to experts, or where on-site personnel may not have the expertise to identify equipment problems in a timely manner.