Capstone Microturbine Installed in HospitalMarch 11, 2002 by Jeff Shepard
Capstone Turbine Corp. (Chatsworth, CA) announced that a microturbine generating system produced by the company has been installed in a Sante Fe hospital. The system at St. Vincent Hospital is expected to generate about 56kW of electricity at any given time, or the amount of electricity used by 40 average-sized homes. The Capstone microturbine has one moving part and uses no water, oil, lubricants or coolants.
The St. Vincent installation includes a heat exchanger that captures heat from the microturbine’s exhaust and puts it to additional use, preheating water for the hospital’s boilers. Use of the exhaust heat should reduce heating costs while extending the life of the hospital’s boilers.