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Canadian Service Co. to Distribute Capstone Microturbines

Canadian Service Co. to Distribute Capstone Microturbines

Capstone Turbine Corp., of Woodland Hills, CA, has announced a two-year, 126-unit order for its microturbine power systems from Mariah Energy, a leading Canadian energy service provider based in Calgary.

As an original equipment manufacturer, Mariah Energy will resell or deploy the Capstone MicroTurbine as a component of their Heat PlusPower micro-cogeneration packages worldwide. Mariah Energy began working with the Capstone MicroTurbine system last year in a combined-heat-and-power (CHP) project at a commercial/residential building in Calgary. The system's unique approach to converting the clean exhaust of the Capstone MicroTurbine maximizes the system's total efficiency to more than 80%, the companies claim.

"Almost all centralized power plant generation for the province of Alberta is coal-fired. Efficiency is about 30%, and a portion of that is lost in getting it to the end-user. Heat generated is simply wasted, and a lot of pollutants are being generated in the process," said Paul Liddy, president of Mariah Energy.

"Our Capstone MicroTurbine-based solution offers triple the efficiency, near-zero emissions, heat and power costs lower than utility rates, and protection from outages. And with the ability to sell unused electricity back to the grid, often at a margin of several hundred percent, we can add further to a customer value proposition," Liddy said.

The 126 systems will combine Mariah's exclusive heat exchangers, load management equipment and electronic controls with the Capstone microturbine. The "distributed micro-utility," with all equipment operated from a web-based central dispatch and control facility, will be installed at no capital cost to the customer. Mariah takes responsibility for all operational and maintenance aspects, billing the end-user solely for energy delivered.

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