High Efficiency Microturbine Leads to Increased Market Share

Project Overview
Positive Impact: EERE supported microturbine research and development for a device that increased electrical efficiency of the unit from about 17%-22% to 33%.
Locations: Chatsworth, California
Partners: Capstone Turbine Corporation
EERE Investment: $1.4 million
Clean Energy Sector: Energy-saving homes, buildings, and manufacturingPDF

Partnering with Capstone Turbine Corporation of Chatsworth, EERE supported microturbine research and development for a combined heat and power system that led to the commercialization of that product. Capstone increased electrical efficiency of the unit from about 17%–22% to 33%, and it has seen more than $83 million in revenue from these units through 2012. Microturbines offer an advantage over other distributed energy systems because of their increased energy efficiency and reduced capital cost.

The Advanced Manufacturing Office partners with industry, small business, universities, and other stakeholders to identify and invest in emerging technologies with the potential to create high-quality domestic manufacturing jobs and enhance the global competitiveness of the United States.

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