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Controllers for Microturbines

02/13/2018

Capstone and Phoenix Contact Complete Development of New Family of PowerSync Controllers

VAN NUYS, California - (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capstone Turbine Corporation (Nasdaq: CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, and Phoenix Contact, a leading manufacturer of industrial automation, interconnection and interface solutions, announced today the completion of the new family of PowerSync controllers used for Capstone microturbines.

Phoenix Contact and Capstone have been conceptualizing, developing and qualifying the new microturbine controllers over the last three years in a joint effort to improve on-site controls and integration with end-use customer facilities.

The main objectives of developing the new PowerSync controller line were to further increase system reliability, availability and make Capstone microturbines easier to use for both end-user customers as well as Capstone distribution partners.

The new controller line is based on Phoenix Contact’s AXC 3050 PLC, and further increases the reliability and availability of the Capstone microturbines by utilizing a self-healing Ethernet ring to eliminate single points of failure in its control network. The new controllers also provide seamless transfer capabilities, ensuring the end-users’ loads do not experience any interruption to their operation in the event of a utility power outage. The new PowerSync controllers include algorithms to maximize overall system efficiency and adjust the operation of individual microturbines to align with their predicted scheduled service dates. The PowerSync controllers are intuitive, easy to use, provide for secure remote communications, and can be customized to integrate with site-specific balance-of-plant equipment.


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