Capstone Turbine Corp., the world’s leading producer of microturbines for localized generation of electricity, today announced an order for three of their large C800 microturbines, capable of generating 800 Kw of electrical power, for use with a major wastewater treatment facility in Brazil. The total order is valued at over $2 million and represents the company’s first sale of the C800 in South America.

The order comes from Fluxo Servicios de Petroleo, Capstone’s distributor in Brazil. It is for a wastewater treatment plant serving millions of residents in two cities. The plant treats 4,500 liters of sewage per second, and will use the microturbines in a combined heat and power application. The microturbines will run on methane generated during the treatment process. In addition to producing 2.4 megawatts of electricity to power the plant’s equipment, any excess heat will help maintain the proper temperature in the plant’s onsite waste digester.

Darren Jamison, Capstone President and CEO, commented on the environmental benefits of the arrangement. “Clean-burning, low-emission microturbines are well suited to use biogas as a fuel. Many wastewater treatment plants, landfills and agricultural operations flare waste methane gas into the atmosphere, which increases greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. Capstone microturbines are an ideal solution because they use the biogas to produce reliable, clean renewable energy onsite.”

Hideo Hama, President of Capstone’s Brazilian Distributor, added, “Wastewater treatment in Brazil is a key issue in the country’s efforts to continuously improve water quality. In addition, Brazil is working to diversify its energy supplies beyond hydroelectric and increase electrical efficiency. That’s where renewable energy sources such as biogas fueled Capstone microturbines can play a key role in helping meet these renewable energy needs.”

Continuity of electric power is becoming more critical to businesses and critical utility services, while the potential for extended utility power outages is increasing. Recent large area weather-related power outages and the continued threat of terrorist and other disruptions are reminders of how fragile the electric infrastructure really is. Traditional backup gensets often sit there as idle assets most of the time, and then don’t always start when needed. Capstone MicroTurbines can be operated as continuous power supplies, saving money and quickly transitioning to standby power as required. It’s a reliable standby power source that pays for itself.