Capstone Turbine is the world’s leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems. The company was the first to market commercially viable microturbine energy products and has shipped over 5,000 Capstone MicroTurbine systems to customers worldwide.
The company announced today that it has received an order for a C1000 Power Package for a carbon-neutral data center in Melbourne, Australia. The low-emission natural gas-fueled C1000 turbine will provide one megawatt of power to the 19,700 square foot data center. Electricity produced by the microturbine will provide all power to the data center.
Data centers use a tremendous amount of energy 24 hours a day. Energy consumption in data centers can be 30 percent higher than commercial buildings. In 2006, the US Environmental Protection Agency estimated that US data centers consumed 1.5 percent of the nation’s electricity. And without significant changes, the EPA estimates that energy use at US data centers could double by 2011.
The high energy consumption also means that data centers emit higher levels of greenhouse gases. A 2008 report on data center energy efficiency by consulting firm McKinsey & Company said that “Today’s data centers emit as much carbon dioxide as all of Argentina. If left on their current path, data center [greenhouse gas] output will quadruple by the year 2020.”
Capstone’s executive vice-president of sales and marketing, Jim Crouse, emphasized the importance of the company’s turbines to meet the growing data centers problems. Mr. Crouse said, “Capstone microturbines provide highly reliable, clean power that’s ideal for data centers around the world.” For further information on Capstone Turbine, visit its website at www.capstoneturbine.com.
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