ATCO Gas Australia has continued its drive to deliver efficient, cost effective natural gas energy solutions to West Australian business and commercial consumers, with a packed house attending a presentation at the company’s Jandakot Operations Centre showcasing microturbine distributed generation technology.
Attendees from government and private industry were among the guests to hear about, and see firsthand, how market leading Capstone Microturbine Systems are allowing consumers to gain control of their energy needs, providing greater energy diversity and security, while providing significant cost benefits.
As the name suggests, microturbine generation utilises a turbine engine, similar to that of an airplane, and with thousands of Capstone units in operation across the globe, they are a proven technology with outstanding reliability. The system has a small physical footprint, quiet operation and is scalable from 30kW to 30MW in open cycle, co-generation or tri-generation modes. Using an on-site, natural gas generator to generate a building’s energy needs can lead to a significant reduction in energy costs.
Presented by ATCO Gas Australia, Western Australia’s largest natural gas distribution network owner, and Optimal Group, the exclusive distributor of Capstone Microturbines in Australia and New Zealand, the event provided expert analysis on distributed generation, examined a range of real life case studies, as well as demonstrated the advantages of pairing natural gas with the cutting edge design of the Capstone units.
ATCO Gas Australia’s Manager Business Development – Commercial & Industrial, Nathan Lude, said bringing all sides of the equation together on the day, from fuel source provider, energy solutions expertise, to installation and maintenance knowhow, allowed for a complete picture of microturbine generation technology to be presented.
“There is plenty of interest in the West Australian commercial and industrial market for solutions that provide flexibility in meeting their energy needs,” Mr Lude said. “The concept of embedded onsite generation is not new, however the technology, infrastructure requirements, and, importantly, the cost benefits, are proving very economical. We’re in a dynamic energy marketplace and we see an excellent opportunity for businesses to utilise ATCO Gas Australia’s natural gas network to provide their power demands.”
Optimal Group CEO, Craig Dugan, said utilising the infrastructure at ATCO Gas Australia’s Operations Centre to demonstrate a unit enabled attendees to visualise how a microturbine solution could work in their individual situation.
“In any power solution customers are looking for reliability and an excellent track record, and that is what the Capstone Microturbines deliver. They’re an award-winning system that has logged millions of documented runtime operating hours. Right now we have over 450 turbines running in Australia,” said Mr Dugan. “There was a really positive reaction to the demonstration day, I think everyone who came along could see the significant opportunities in using the technology in the West Australian marketplace.”
For more information on embedded generation options utilising natural gas you are encouraged to contact Nathan Lude on +61 427 496 890 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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