"The Russian market continues to provide significant growth for Capstone in both the oil and gas and the CHP markets," said
The two most recent CHP project installations illustrate the ongoing Capstone growth in
In one project, BPC recently upgraded a manufacturing facility for LLC Alyonka Trade House in Dzerzhinsk. The natural gas reciprocating generator set at the manufacturing facility was in need of a major overhaul. Alyonka Trade House conducted a comparison study of various solutions to replace its current power generation equipment. After a detailed evaluation, Alyonka turned to BPC and Capstone to provide the ideal solution to replace the existing system. That solution was a C600 with integrated gas boosters.
The project was completed in record time, approximately a month after signing the customer contract. This aggressive schedule was achievable because of the modular design of the C600 microturbine package. In addition, Alyonka plans to increase the power output of the manufacturing facility to 1MW by adding two additional Capstone C200 microturbines to the C600 power module. Alyonka and BPC increased the overall efficiency of the plant to roughly 90% with a heat recovery unit to utilize the thermal energy from the microturbine exhaust to provide heating and hot water to the facility.
Additionally, the factory is located in an urban area that falls within an area governed by strict environmental laws. The microturbines operate very cleanly and efficiently and do not exceed 9 parts per million (ppm) of NOx and CO, which is 10-15 times lower than traditional reciprocating engines.
In a second CHP project BPC recently commissioned five C65 microturbines for a bread factory in Pskov,
The primary factors in OJSC's decision to upgrade its existing power plant at the factory was efficiency improvement, cost reduction, and eliminating the dependence on the local utility.
The thermal energy from the microturbines exhaust is captured to heat the building and provide hot water to all of the facilities. The microturbines are achieving efficiency of up to 90%, with 2kW of thermal energy created for every kW of electricity provided. The microturbine CHP plant reduced the cost of electricity generated at the factory to three times less than the cost of utility power. The quiet operation, reduced weight, and compact footprint allowed the microturbines to be easily installed on the roof of an existing structure at the factory, keeping capital costs low and ensuring a rapid payback.
The upgrade to OJSC's factory is the first of many projects BPC has planned in the food processing industry in Russia. According to
"We are excited to see BPC continue to grow its business not only in oil and gas but also in the manufacturing sector with these two great CHP projects," stated
The U.S. Treasury recently imposed additional sanctions prohibiting U.S. persons from providing new financing to three major Russian financial institutions. For Capstone's purposes, as a result of these new sanctions, U.S. entities cannot transact in, provide financing for, or otherwise deal in new debt of longer than 90 days maturity or new equity with Bank of Moscow,
"At this time there is nothing that would restrict microturbine sales to
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