Capstone microturbines exceed 3 million operating hours worldwide

CHATSWORTH, Calif., Dec. 10, 2002 — Capstone Turbine Corp. Tuesday confirmed it has documented nearly three million hours of aggregated runtime among its microturbine systems operating in North America and overseas.

Capstone MicroTurbineà¢â€ž- power systems — which have only one moving part and use no hazardous fluids — have integrated power electronics that control the system and have the capability to track hours of operation. Capstone has accumulated operating data on about half of the more than 2,400 microturbines the company has shipped since its 1998 introduction of the product. There are 8,760 hours in a year.

As part of its exhibit at the Power-Gen International trade show (http://www.powergen.com), a large “odometer” in the Capstone Turbine booth #3901 is expected to roll past the 3,000,000 hour mark at 1 p.m. Eastern Time today.

Capstone MicroTurbines are used by a variety of commercial, industrial and municipal facilities to generate power and heat for onsite use. Although they can fill backup power needs during blackouts, Capstone MicroTurbines are largely used in primary power applications, in which they are set to run anywhere from 8 to 24 hours daily.

“Ultra-low-emission Capstone MicroTurbines help reduce energy costs and frequently increase power reliability,” said Dr. Ake Almgren, President and CEO of Capstone Turbine.

“Many companies that use Capstone MicroTurbines also use the system’s clean, dry exhaust heat to mitigate their costs in water and space heating, process drying, and even air conditioning by using heat-powered absorption chillers.”

Capstone recently signed a distribution agreement with United Technologies to facilitate the latter, combining Capstone MicroTurbines with UTC Carrier absorption chiller installations.

About Capstone Turbine
Capstone Turbine Corp. (www.microturbine.com) is a producer of very-low-emission microturbine systems used for onsite power production. In 1998, Capstone was the first to offer commercial power products utilizing microturbine technology, the result of more than ten years of focused research.

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