Capstone Turbine installs methane-fueled C200 at CONSOL Energy gas plant
CONSOL Energy Inc. estimates that the clean-and-green 200kW microturbine will eliminate 6,486 tons of carbon dioxide produced from coal bed methane from the atmosphere each year. Anticipated annual energy cost savings is $80,000. Capstone distributor E-Finity secured the C200 order, which is installed at CONSOL’s Fallowfield Gas Processing Plant in southwestern Pennsylvania.
The micro turbine produces 200kW of low-emission power that the plant uses to recover 18.5 million-cubic-feet (524,456-cubic-meters) of methane gas each year and generate 1.3 million net kW hours of clean electrical power, the company said. “The C200 is expected to have much lower maintenance costs and emissions than those from reciprocating engines,” said Jim Grech, CONSOL Energy’s Chief Commercial Officer. “As government regulations for methane emissions become stricter, we anticipate more companies will turn to microturbines because they can easily operate on methane gas, produce extremely low emissions, and are exceptionally reliable,” said Jim Crouse, Capstone’s Executive vice president of Sales and Marketing. “It’s clear why Fortune Magazine selected CONSOL as one of America’s most admired companies,” Crouse said. “They made a commitment to reduce their greenhouse gas footprint, and their selection of a Capstone C200 is evidence of this pledge. The C200 will significantly reduce methane gas emissions at Fallowfield and will provide the company substantial cost savings.” The micro turbine power system could qualify the plant to sell CO2 credits and could qualify for Tier 2 incentives under the Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard. Unlike traditional generation technologies, microturbines are well suited to using gas with low methane content. The Fallowfield micro turbine continuously operates with methane concentrations around 33%.
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