Catalytica and Solar Turbines Combine Technology

October 23, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

Catalytica Energy Systems Inc. (Mountain View, CA) and Solar Turbines Inc. (San Diego, CA) announced the start of a new developmental program, which would combine Catalytica Energy Systems' Xonon cool combustion technology with Solar Turbines' Taurus 60, a 5MW gas turbine, as part of a $3.0 million grant recently awarded to Solar Turbines by the California Energy Commission (CEC).

The 24-month joint-development effort will commence in the fourth quarter of 2001. This program, which will be partially funded by the CEC through its Public Interest Energy Research Program, will advance the development of the Xonon cool combustion system up through full-scale testing on a demonstration engine at Solar's facility in San Diego.