Italian silica plant orders Capstone CHP system

Capstone Turbine Corporation has received an order for a C1000 microturbine to upgrade a processing plant for an Italian silica manufacturer.

The 1 MW natural-gas-fuelled microturbine (pictured) will be installed in a combined heat and power (CHP) application to provide base load power to the processing facility and heat to continuously dry the silica during production.

The silica manufacturer is expected to save up to 30% in energy costs while also benefiting from incentives provided by the Italian state for implementing a high-efficiency cogeneration plant. In addition, the new power plant will reduce the company's annual emissions by an estimated 1,700 tons per year and the expected payback on the investment is less than two years.

IBT Group, Capstone's Italian distributor, secured the order, which is scheduled to be commissioned in December 2015.

‘The drying process application is very important to us. We feel that it will lead to further projects within the chemical industry, one of the sectors most in need of energy efficiency, in order to gain competitiveness,’ said Ilario Vigani, CEO at IBT Group.

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