Cogeneration, Gas

Capstone Turbine gains new orders for Mexico CHP projects

California-based Capstone Turbine Corp. announced it has secured orders for two C200 and two C65 microturbine systems to be installed in a pair of industrial combined heat and power (CHP) projects in Mexico.

Each of these systems will use natural gas to provide power and thermal energy for the manufacturing process. By capturing and utilizing heat that would otherwise be wasted from the production of electricity, on-site CHP systems require less fuel to produce the same amount of energy and reduce reliance on more expensive local grid power.

The C200 systems will be installed at an energy drink manufacturer where the thermal energy will be used to create steam for the manufacturing process, and the two C65s will be installed at a produce packager where the exhaust will be used to create chilled water used in the vegetable packaging process. Both applications will reduce cost, improve efficiency and lower emissions.

“DTC has made a significant investment of both time and money in order to be one of the CHP market leaders in Mexico,” said Darren Jamison, President and CEO at Capstone. “They recently dedicated a new headquarters in Guadalajara to support their growth throughout Mexico. The new facility includes a state-of-the-art remote monitoring facility that allows DTC’s technical staff to oversee that their customers’ Capstone microturbine systems are operating at peak performance.”

Capstone’s C65 generates up to 65kW of electric power while the CHP unit delivers up to another 150 kW. The C200 generates 200 kW capacity and includes what Capstone calls the world’s largest single-unit air bearing microturbine.

Mexico’s General Climate Change law set the goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a national level 30 percent by 2020. This law also introduced the requirement that beginning in 2018, large and industrial electricity consumers must transition by 2024 to consuming 35 percent of their electricity from clean energy sources.