Capstone Turbine Corp. (Chatsworth, CA) announced that its C60 product is the only mechanical power generation product now state-certified to meet California's new distributed generation emissions standards that went into effect January 1, 2003. The new requirement covers smaller-scale generators, which have been exempt from the permitting requirements of the Air Quality Management Districts of the California Air Resources Board.
The only other power generator certified to meet the 2003 distributed generation requirement for sale in California is a fuel cell manufactured by the UTC Fuel Cells business unit of United Technologies Corp. (UTC, South Windsor, CT). Capstone and UTC entered into a strategic alliance agreement four months ago that includes distribution in North America and Europe of Capstone MicroTurbine™ systems.
"No changes were needed to our C60 system to meet the requirements, which we see as a validation of Capstone's leadership in clean distributed generation products," said Capstone Interim CEO Emily Liggett. "We fully support California's effort to mandate very-low-emission requirements for distributed generation. It is our hope that other states adopt similar regulation."