Capstone Turbine Corp. has received an order from Israel-based HelioFocus for the development and modification of its C65 MicroTurbine to operate on solar energy.
HelioFocus is engaged in the development of modular, high-efficiency concentrating solar power systems. Under the initial phase of development, Capstone will make modifications to the existing microturbine to operate on superheated air and integrate the microturbine with the HelioFocus solar concentrator system.
Capstone Turbine has been evaluating product development opportunities to combine the benefit of the microturbine with solar concentrator technologies. The traditional Capstone microturbine engine uses gaseous or liquid fuels to heat combustion air. The HelioFocus solar concentrator focuses enough sunlight energy to provide an equivalent amount of combustion heat to drive the microturbine.
SOURCE: Capstone Turbine