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Capstone Turbine Corp. (CPST) has the Little Turbines that Could

Incorporated in California in 1988, Capstone Turbine Corp. is a manufacturer of low-emission microturbine systems, which they market commercially. The company’s first ten years of operation saw them mainly involved in research and development. Headquartered in Chatsworth, California, they trade on the NASDAQ, and went public on June 29, 2000.

Capstone Turbine’s systems have the distinction of logging millions of documented runtime operating hours. The applications served include combined heat and power (CHP); combined cooling, heating, and power (CCHP); biogas and oil and gas resource recovery, and secure power. The company is part of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership. This partnership is for the improvement of U.S. energy infrastructure, and for reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases.

The company’s Capstone MicroTurbine™ is a compact, turbine generator that provides electricity onsite, or close to the point where required. Their microturbine is suitable for remote locations and city centers. It delivers efficient, clean, high quality power from a wide variety of fuels. These include low-pressure natural gas, high-pressure natural gas, compressed natural gas, diesel, gaseous propane, kerosene, “sour” gas, landfill gas and digester gas. They designed their microturbine to offer reliable small-scale power production. Product features include maintenance-free air bearings, low emissions of non-catalyzed fossil fuel combustion, and digital power conversion.

Capstone Turbine has shipped over 4,000 Capstone MicroTurbine® systems to customers worldwide through their distributors, dealers, and original equipment manufacturer integrators. Along with their California head office, the company has sales and service centers in New York, Milan, Shanghai, and Tokyo. The company announced on June 30, 2008 the signing of a new distributor agreement with Ecodyne-Pacific Rim, Inc. for all of Capstone’s applications and market segments, except Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV), for Alaska.

Capstone Turbine continues to operate creatively in the field of microturbine energy products. They see these low-emission systems as the future for their company and the environment. They continue to develop these systems to give their customers the efficient energy management solutions they desire.

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