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Capstone shipping gas-fired microturbine to power Wyoming compressor station

Microturbine manufacturing Capstone Turbine Corp. has secured a new order for a Wyoming midstream natural gas energy project.

Capstone’s C600 Signature Series stand-alone microturbine will run all electric power equipment at a remote and unmanned compressor station while running on locally available high-pressure natural gas (HPNG). Wyoming is the nation’s largest coal producer, but increasingly is embracing gas-fired and renewable power production at work sites to lower emissions.

“Burning coal drove much of yesterday’s energy supply,” said Daren Jamison, CEO of Capstone. “However, we believe clean natural gas, biogas and renewable natural gas are the answers for our future. A natural gas-fueled power plant emits 60 percent less carbon dioxide than a coal-fired power plant.”

The order was secured by Horizon Power Systems, Capstone’s distributor for the western mountain states of the U.S. and western Canada. Wyoming currently ranks amongst the top five states with the most natural gas reserves.

“Compressor stations always face some natural gas leakage in compressor applications. Microturbines are an effective solution in helping operators such as this one become green by using available ‘slip-gas’ to produce power while reducing emissions,” said Jim Crouse, executive vice president of sales and marketing of Capstone. “Cost savings come from the fact that our microturbines can eliminate the need for utility power or the addition of costly diesel generation and reduce the environmental footprint of the site.”

The C600 series has a 600-kW rating with up to 90 percent in combined heat and power (CHP) efficiency rating. It footprint is slightly less than 10 feet wide, 20 feet deep and 10 feet high.

To date, Capstone has shipped more than 9,000 units to 73 countries and have saved customers an estimated $253 million in annual energy costs and 350,000 tons of carbon emissions, according to the company.