26.11.03

26.11.2003: Meldung: Capstone Turbine: MicroTurbine Fleet Amasses 5 Million Operating Hours

Capstone MicroTurbine Fleet Amasses 5 Million Operating Hours
Tuesday November 25, 4:19 pm ET

CHATSWORTH, Calif.--Nov. 25, 2003--Leading microturbine power systems manufacturer Capstone Turbine (www.microturbine.com; Nasdaq:CPST - News) confirmed that the installed fleet of its Capstone MicroTurbine(TM) energy systems today is expected to cross the 5-million-hour mark in documented operation. Capstone Turbine CEO John Tucker said, "I am pleased to report this significant new milestone in microturbine achievement. Accumulating an aggregate total of 5 million hours of documented operation in just 5 years is a testament to Capstone"s leadership in this technology."

Five million hours is equivalent to 570 years worth of continuous operation. Each Capstone MicroTurbine system has integrated power electronics that permit remote control, diagnostics and automated operation. These electronics also maintain a detailed log of runtime hours and operational performance data in our Capstone Turbine database. This information is accessed via the system"s control panel or remotely via modem or network connection.

In December of 1998, Capstone was the first to market commercial microturbine energy systems for use at commercial, industrial and municipal buildings. The systems generate onsite electricity and heat that can supplement a building"s power and thermal needs in an economically and environmentally beneficial manner.
"I"m particularly proud that Capstone MicroTurbines not only can help cut net energy costs at a wide variety of businesses and public facilities, but that they do so with a positive impact on air quality by offsetting higher-emission energy sources," Tucker said. "That"s a great win-win not only for our customers, but for the communities in which they"re based."

Citing a recent EPA test report of one of its C60 models operating at a New York supermarket, Tucker noted the report confirms that emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) at full power are 0.00015 pounds per kilowatt-hour.
"That"s 94% lower -- or 16 times cleaner -- than the NOx levels reported for the regional electric grid. The report also notes that the combined heat and power setup of this single C60 at Waldbaum"s supermarket in Hauppauge, New York, will save an annual estimated 328,000 pounds of greenhouse gas carbon dioxide," Tucker said.
"An additional benefit is that our systems achieve this performance without any of the oil, lubricants, coolants, exhaust treatment chemicals or other hazmats used by utility power plants. And while our new C60-ICHP system will efficiently heat water used at a facility, the system itself doesn"t consume a single drop," Tucker added.
About Capstone Turbine

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.microturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST - News) is the world"s leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems. In 1998, Capstone was the first to offer commercial energy products utilizing microturbine technology, the result of more than ten years of focused research. Capstone Turbine has sold and shipped more than 2,500 Capstone MicroTurbine systems to customers worldwide. These award-winning systems have logged 5 million hours of documented operation.
"Capstone Turbine Corp." is a registered trademark of Capstone Turbine Corporation.
All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.
Note to Editors:
The EPA report noted above is at: www.epa.gov/etv/pdfs/vrvs/03_vr_capstone60.pdf
The EPA "Power Profiler" provides emissions data on power production by region: www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/powerprofiler.htm
A C60-ICHP product datasheet is available via e-mail by completing a brief online form at: www.microturbine.com/technology/specsheets.asp

Contact:

Capstone Turbine
General Media Inquiries:
Keith Field, 818-734-5465
Investor and Investment Media Inquires:
Alice Barsoomian, 818-734-5428



Source: Capstone Turbine
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