US turbine manufacturer Capstone has won an order to supply one C800 and one C600 microturbine for a combined heat and power (CHP) installation at industrial plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The microturbines will supply onsite heat and power, while steam from the power plant will generate hot water used during the manufacturing process.
Siemens Energy has dedicated and handed over California's second Flex-Plant to power the gas-fired El Segundo Energy Center, operated by NRG Energy in Lodi. Together with the first unit, the plant can ramp up to 300MW in less than ten minutes, allowing the operator to backup intermittent renewable power supply.
Up to 2020, sales projections for distributed gas engine and turbine sales in Combined Heat and Power (CHP) applications will not be affected by shale gas prices. "Until then, country-specific policy measures, alongside slowly improving spark spreads based on non-shale energy price drivers, will be more important," says Michael Brown who leads Delta-ee's research on CHP markets.