Boilers, Coal, Cogeneration, Reciprocating Engines

On-site cogeneration power plant turbine surpasses 100,000 hours of operation

Capstone Turbine Corp. (Nasdaq: CPST) said one of its turbines at a cogeneration power plant has surpassed 100,000 hours of operation.

The turbine at the Masonic Village retirement community in Pennsylvania replaced a coal-fired power plant. Even after the community decommissioned the generators in the 1950s and switched to power from the local utility, the coal was used to fuel two 400-horsepower boilers and one 25-horsepower boiler.

In 2002, officials installed Capstone microturbines that produce a combined 390-kW of electricity. The system produces 10 percent of the electricity demand and all of the hot water needs. Unit 1 was the first unit to reach 100,000 operating hours on May 23.

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