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Resource Energy Group is leading the way with Energy management and Efficient solutions. Working together with CapStone, REG is able to Generate Clean Efficient power for all types of applications. CapStone Micro Turbines add value and save overhead cost.
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Capstone MicroTurbines generate power and heat.

Using both maximizes efficiency and minimizes your facility's energy bills.

Capstone microturbine systems conserve energy and cut operational costs by creating two forms of energy: electricity and heat.

Using both energy outputs is called co generation or CHP: combined heat and power. Onsite CHP is far more fuel efficient and environmentally beneficial than utility power and boiler heating.

The grid-parallel electricity produced lowers a facility's demand on utility power and dramatically cuts monthly power bills. The heat can be used for water/space heating and/or process heating or drying. This offsets fuel consumed by less efficient boilers or heaters.

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The heat generated can also be used for cooling via CCHP using absorption chillers.

In addition to daily energy cost containment, CHP applications of the Capstone microturbines can also provide secure power to keep your business operational and occupants safe even in the event of an extended power outage.

The example on the left shows the efficiencies gained with our 65kW microturbines versus conventional sources.
Capstone MicroTurbines can operate connected to a utility grid or provide stand alone power to critical loads. Transition time between these two operating modes is less than 10 seconds, allowing customers to secure their critical power needs.

Today's businesses face a tough situation – continuity of electric power is becoming more critical to their business success while the potential for extended utility power outages is increasing. Recent large area weather-related power outages and the continued threat of terrorist disruption, are reminders of how fragile our electric infrastructure really is. Traditional backup gensets just sit there as idle assets most of the time, and then don't always start when you do need them. The new paradigm is to operate Capstone MicroTurbines as continuous power supplies – saving money in CHP, CCHP, or Resource Recovery applications most of the time, and quickly transitioning to standby power when you need it. We call this "Dual Mode" operation. It's a reliable standby power source that pays for itself.
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Capstone offers a Dual Mode Controller to facilitate protection of critical loads. Acting like an automatic transfer switch, the Dual Mode Controller monitors incoming power and tells the Capstone Microturbines connected to it to switch to stand alone operation when the grid fails. Protected loads see less than 10 seconds of outage while the microturbines transition from grid-parallel to stand alone operation.

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As noted in this article in Distributed Energy magazine, one of the largest natural gas transmission and storage corporations use Capstone MicroTurbines at several of their facilities. Among them, Dominion Transmission's Ithaca, New York, station relied on their Capstone MicroTurbines to keep the gas flowing when they lost power for more than a day during the August 2003 Great Northeastern Blackout.

Opting for a pair of Capstone MicroTurbines to energize his premium vineyard, Vineyard 29 owner Chuck McMinn said "A backup diesel generator would sit here and rarely be used, although it would have to be run once a week just to make sure that it worked. They're heavily polluting, they're noisy. So the microturbine equipment is a much better alternative – we use it every day."

Energy Efficiency the Cool Way

The heat output of Capstone MicroTurbines can be used to both heat and air condition your facility via absorption cooling.

In summer months, your energy bills can more than triple due to higher peak power rates and increased power usage due to air conditioning.

But your Capstone systems can optionally chill water or water/glycol with absorption coolers, which use heat energy, instead of electric energy, to create air conditioning. Sounds counter-intuitive, but absorption chilling has been used for decades at tens of thousands of buildings.

Most absorption chillers burn natural gas to create heat that drives the process. But today, quite a few buildings use the "waste" heat from their microturbines to create both building heating and cooling.

That's trigeneration or CCHP: combined cooling, heating & power. Cooling when it's hot, heating when it's not and reliable, affordable power every day.

For example, a Citibank Building near San Diego and an office building right around the corner use the exhaust heat from their Capstone systems to drive absorption chillers. Pierce College in Los Angeles uses their award-winning ICHP array to do the same. A premium winery in the Napa Valley gets cooling for its caves and processes via a pair of Capstone MicroTurbines and an absorption chiller.

Air conditioning that's virtually electricity-free is an excellent way to cut operating costs. You can automatically switch between cooling and heating as needed with the advanced functionality of the Capstone microturbines. Your CCHP solution can also ensure your business continues to run nice and cool even in the event of those all-to-common summertime power outages.

This video (12.4 MB) has been prepared by United Technologies Corporation. It describes an installation of UTC Powers' PureComfort™ 240 solution, a cooling, heating, and power system for commercial buildings. The typical PureComfort 240 solution consists of two fuel gas boosters, four Capstone MicroTurbines™ and an absorption chiller. Each microturbine produces 60 kilowatts of electricity for a total of 240 kilowatts. The absorption chiller has a cooling capacity of 110 tons and a heating capacity of 900 MBH

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Derived through advanced engineering based on proven turbine design, microturbines represent a watershed energy management solution. Transforming the way businesses think about energy production, Capstone solutions reduce energy costs, ensure power availability, and help preserve the environment with its near-zero emissions profile.

Unlike traditional back-up power, Capstone solutions support everyday energy needs and generate favorable payback - today. REGs Micro Turbine systems conserve energy and cut operational costs by creating two forms of energy: electricity and heat. CCHP The heat output of Capstone MicroTurbines can be used to both heat and air condition your facility via absorption cooling. Secure Power Capstone MicroTurbines can operate connected to a utility grid or provide stand alone power to critical loads.

Resource Recovery: Biogas Capstone MicroTurbines can cleanly burn waste gases to create renewable power and heat.

Resource Recovery: Oil and Gas CapstoneMicroTurbines reliably power onshore and offshore operations using unprocessed wellhead gas.

Capstone makes various sizes of MicroTurbines: 30kW, 65kW, and 200kW. Products based on the 200kW turbine are also available in 600kW, 800kW, and 1MW configurations.

30kW MicroTurbine - Capstone 65kW MicroTurbine - Capstone 200kW MicroTurbine - Capstone
C30 (30kW) C65 (65kW) C200 (200kW)


All Capstone MicroTurbines operate: Below are some example businesses and how they can benefit from Capstone MicroTurbine solutions. Call REG and we will help you find the solution that's right for your application.
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