FAQ

What is Horizon Power Systems’ territory?

Rocky Mountains  – Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

Midwest/Southwest – Kansas, Oklahoma, Arizona (oil and gas)

Canada – Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Yukon

How long has Horizon Power been a Capstone distributor?

For over 18 years we’ve worked exclusively with Capstone Turbine Corp.

Horizon Power Customer Service

  1. US.: 855-256-7697
  2. Canada: 855-476-7697

Capstone Microturbine Features

Electrical Efficiency 25% to 30%
Total Thermal & Electrical Efficiency >80% (CHP)

>90% (CCHP)

Reliability Average 99% power availability
Wide Range of Fuels Gaseous, renewable, and liquid
Low Emissions <9ppm NOx
Air Bearings No oils or lubricants
Air Cooled No antifreeze or coolants
Variable Speed 45,000 to 96,000 RPM
Sound Level 65dB at 33 feet (equivalent to a restaurant conversation or background music)

 Benefits over larger gas turbines & internal combustion engines.

  1. Air-bearing technology.
  2. No oil, coolants, spark plugs, or other parts.
  3. Higher reliability.  Average 99% uptime.
  4. 1 moving part = lower maintenance.
  5. Longer scheduled maintenance intervals.
  6. Higher energy efficiency.  >90% efficient in CCHP applications.
  7. Much lower emissions.  <9ppm NOx.
  8. Small size.
  9. Quiet operation.  65 dBA at 33 ft.
  10. Virtually no vibration.

What Capstone Microturbine sizes are available?

Capstone offers clean-and-green Microturbines scalable from 30-kilowatts to 30-megawatts.

What fuels can Capstone Microturbines run on?

A variety of gaseous or liquid fuels including: natural gas, associated gas, LPG/propane, flare gas, landfill gas, digester gas, diesel, and kerosene.

Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

What is CHP?

“Combined Heat and Power” (co-generation), simultaneously converts fuel into two types of energy:  electrical and thermal.  Cost savings occur because electricity that a Microturbine produces can supplement utility electricity. In addition, the waste heat is captured and used to help heat a building, create hot water, or even heat a swimming pool, further reducing dependency on utility electricity and increasing overall energy savings.

What is CCHP?

“Combined Cooling, Heating and Power,” also known as tri-generation, is like CHP, but adds another cost-saving feature– the ability to provide thermal energy for air-conditioning, one of the highest energy costs for businesses.

What energy efficiencies can be reached?

  1. CHP: Can exceed 80% energy efficiency.
  2. CCHP: Can exceed 90%.

Reliability

How reliable are Capstone Microturbines?

Highly reliable. They average 99% availability.

Why do Capstone Microturbines require less maintenance than other turbines and internal combustion engines? 

They have only 1 moving part (no spark plugs, valves, camshaft, hoses, connecting rods, etc) and patented air-bearing technology that doesn’t require oil or coolants. The result is ‘set-it-and-forget-it’ power.

What maintenance is required?

Under normal operating conditions, an air filter change is recommended after the first 8,000 hours of operation, with routine maintenance typically following every 8,000 hours. Factory engine servicing is recommended after 40,000 hours of intermittent or continuous use.

Low Emissions

What are NOx emissions of a natural gas Capstone Microturbine?

9 ppm (parts per million) NOx or less. A typical reciprocating engine emits about 50 ppm NOx. Microturbines also produce extremely low levels of CO, volatile organic compounds, and particulate matter.

Why are emissions so low?

Capstone Microturbines achieve near complete combustion of the gases, virtually eliminating hydrocarbon emissions.

Applications

Who uses Capstone Microturbines?

  1. Oil & Gas: producers, mid-stream operators, compressor stations, gathering facilities
  2. Commercial and industrial settings:data centers, wastewater treatment plants, apartments/condos, universities, office buildings, manufacturing plants, hospitals, landfills, agricultural operations.

Can a Capstone Microturbine be used for backup power?

Yes.

Can it produce electricity in remote locations far from the grid?

Yes. Using fuels found onsite, such as high-pressure sweet or sour wellhead gas and low-pressure coal bed methane, the Capstone Microturbine creates onsite electricity while reducing pollutants and greenhouse gases. In CHP (combined heat and power) applications, oxygen-rich heat exhaust can be captured and used in place of grid power to heat buildings and water, or to drive A/C compressors.