Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Chinese smart microgrid provides combined heat and power

Steve Rogerson
August 10, 2016
A Chinese microgrid project in Beijing will be anchored by a natural gas-fuelled microturbine that will be installed in a combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) application for a multi-energy smart microgrid.
The microturbine from Los Angeles-based Capstone Turbine will operate in parallel with wind, solar and energy storage systems onsite to provide environmental benefit and return on investment. This will be the first Capstone Signature series installed and commissioned in China.
Capstone’s distributor Beijing Haohai Power secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned in October 2016. The repeat end-use customer chose Capstone again after commissioning a microturbine-based CCHP plant at a separate facility. Capstone microturbines were selected again based on their performance, inverter-based electrical output, and ability to integrate easily with other localised distributed generation technologies in a smart grid capacity.
“The interest in microgrids worldwide is expanding,” said Darren Jamison, president and chief executive officer at Capstone. “Reports differ somewhat but most estimates today put the overall value of the market for microgrids and remote power systems in the several billion dollar range with forecasts to rise nearly twentyfold over the next decade.”
Capstone commissioned its first microgrid-based propane-fuelled C65 turbine in Texas for Oncor Electric Deliver in December 2014. That microgrid consisted of nine different distributed generation resources, including two solar photovoltaic arrays, two energy storage devices and four traditional generators.
The new microgrid project will be anchored by a natural gas-fuelled C600S microturbine that will be installed in the CCHP application for a multi-energy complementary smart microgrid.
“Capstone is further aligning its business strategy to meet the demand and growth of the microgrid industry worldwide,” said Jim Crouse, executive vice president at Capstone. “Capstone microturbines pair well with other power generation technologies and help ensure the security and stability of power to our customers, as our microturbines offer low emissions and firm base load power.”
Capstone has shipped around 8800 microturbine systems to customers worldwide. They have logged millions of documented runtime operating hours. Capstone is a member of the US Environmental Protection Agency's Combined Heat & Power Partnership, which is committed to improving the efficiency of the nation's energy infrastructure and reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. A UL-Certified ISO 9001: 2008 and ISO 14001: 2004 certified company, it is headquartered in California with sales and service centres in the USA, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, China and Singapore.