Success Story: Capstone Turbine Corporation

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Profile story on Capstone Turbine Corporation for the American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Summit.


Below is the text version for the Capstone Turbine Corportation video.

The words Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, U.S. Department of Energy Success Story: Capstone Turbine Corporation appear on screen.

Caption: Robert Gleason, Senior Vice President, Product Development, Capstone Turbine Corporation

Robert Gleason: Capstone Turbine Corporation is a manufacturer of power generators.  We use micro turbine technology to provide the power behind the generator.

The Video cuts to a man working on a Capstone Turbine generator.

Caption: Darren Jamison, President and CEO, Capstone Turbine Corporation.

Darren Jamison: A micro turbine is a clean energy device that makes both electricity and thermal energy, which can be used for hot water, heating, or chilled water, or cooling.

Video shows footage of hands building a turbine.

The video cuts to a graphic of a generator, with labels noting the injector, combustion chamber, turbine, and recuperater. Then the screen changes to footage of the actual generator.

The video switches back to the graphic and shows where clean exhaust is emitted.

Darren Jamison: Capstone's technology is very unique in the industry, very cutting edge.  We have an air bearing technology which nobody else in the world us.  You have no working fluid, no grease, no oil, no lubrication involved besides air.  So very similar to, like, a dentist drill or a drill you'd find in your garage, it's a high speed bearing, but what's different about ours is, again, it's living in the combustion chamber of a micro turbine or a jet engine.  Because we have no oil, no antifreeze, all of our exhaust heat is very easy to recover.

The video flashes through footage of the Capstone Turbine Corporation's factory.

Darren Jamison: One of the greatest things about our technology is we can burn any kind of gaseous fuel with a Btu content, so we can take gas from the drilling operation you get for drilling for oil or for natural gas, that associated gas they call it, instead of flaring that and adding to global warming and emissions, we can actually run that in the micro turbine to make useful energy and, again, heat.  We also can run on landfill gas, wastewater treatment gas, biogas from cow manure, chicken manure, any other kind of gas that can add to CO2 or global warming.

The video cuts to footage of rows of Capstone generators and the Four Seasons Hotel entrance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Robert Gleason: At the Four Seasons in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we have Capstone micro turbines providing the power for utilities for the whole hotel, but we're also providing CHP recovery, combined heat and power recovery.  We're taking the waste heat from the Capstone micro turbines and in turn providing hot water to utility services, laundry services for the compete hotel.

An image of a hurricane from outer space appears.

Darren Jamison: During Superstorm Sandy, we had about 90 micro turbines that were in the affected area.  All but one of those machines continued to run.  Now, our machine is not primarily a backup power solution, but we are a primary power solution that can be used in case utility goes away.  So you saw pictures of babies being taken out of the hospitals, neonatal care, senior citizens, folks like that that had to be moved because they had no power, no heat, no light.

The video cuts to footage from Super Storm Sandy. With collapsed houses and debris on the beach. A capstone generator appears on screen.

Darren Jamison: Our technology, again, because it's typically natural gas fired in an urban setting, continued to have natural gas, continued to run, continued to provide power and heat.

Footage of a man working inside of a generator appears, and then flashes to footage from the Capstone Turbine Corporation factory.

Darren Jamison: The U.S. Department of Energy I think has been a great partner private and public with Capstone.

Robert Gleason: A strategic partnership with the Department of Energy is key.  A private-public partnership is the fuel behind our innovation.

Darren Jamison: And I think we're one of the success stories that they can highlight to other folks that we're creating U.S. jobs, green jobs, and we're helping the world by lowering emissions and improving energy efficiency.

Footage from the Capstone Turbine Corporation factory flashes on screen.

Robert Gleason: If we can sponsor with national labs and the Department of Energy to keep the innovation in the laboratory and bring that technical maturity to the place that we're ready to go commercialize it, we'll be more successful in the end to our end users, and grow the company as we go forward.

Darren Jamison: And I'm very proud that fortunately all the money we take from DoE in these cost sharing programs are developed products, products that are going to market.

Footage from the Capstone Turbine Corporation factory flashes on screen.

Robert Gleason: Well, this is a wonderful story here at Capstone, a 20-year story of technology spawned out of laboratory in close partnership with the Department of Energy now becoming more mainstream for a distributor generation.

Caption: Clean Energy Initiative, U.S. Department of Energy
Success Story: Capstone Turbine Corporation.

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