Capstone wins microturbine order in Russia

By Jack Burke07 April 2021

Country seen as key to company’s growth strategy

Capstone Turbine Corp. received an order for a C600 Signature Series (C600S) microturbine system to be installed in a critical power application for a Russian data center. The order, secured by BMTec (www.biemtec.ru), is expected to be commissioned in October.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), demand for data center services will continue to grow, driven by media streaming and emerging technologies such as AI, virtual reality, 5G and blockchain. As efficiency trends of current technologies slow in coming years, new, more efficient technologies will be needed to keep pace with growing energy demand, the company said.

“Expanding our revenue growth in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa is one part of our six-element revenue growth strategy, which also includes our internal solutions sales organization,” said Darren Jamison, president and CEO of Capstone Turbine. “Last week, we announced a C400S system to be installed at an aluminum smelting operation in Saudi Arabia, owned and operated by Ma’aden Aluminum. That order was secured by Capstone’s internal solutions sales team. These two wins highlight the positive impact of our new revenue growth strategy.”

The project will be split into two phases. The system is scheduled to first provide electricity, with a plan to later update it to provide combined heating and cooling capabilities in a second stage. Once complete, the C600S package is expected to provide the data center with electricity, hot water, and chilled water 24/7/365.

The 600 kW microturbine will be installed in dual mode configuration, which means the system can run in parallel with or independent of the electric utility grid. This is intended to ensure the data center has secure and reliable power, even in the event of a grid outage, with no operational downtime. The innovative trigeneration system will allow the customer to save money while generating their own on-site IT-grade power offering high availability, or “eight 9s” of reliability.

“A Capstone trigeneration system was selected by the customer for its economic benefits as well, as its unparalleled ability to generate power and thermal energy on-site at the source,” said Aleksy Zakharov, Chief Technology Officer of BMTec.

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