San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Capstone to Partner on Plasma Technology

By Joel Russell Thursday, April 20, 2017

Capstone Turbine Corp. has partnered with FGC Plasma Solutions to test a new plasma-assisted fuel injection technology for its C65 microturbines.

The Chatsworth manufacturer of small electricity-generating turbines said it will work with FGC Plasma Solutions to develop a combustion concept for improved turbine efficiency and emissions performance. Felipe Gomez del Campo, chief executive of FGC Plasma Solutions, recently tested a Capstone turbine with plasma at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.

FGC Plasma Solutions has engineered a fuel injection technology that incorporates plasma to better control combustion in jet engines and gas turbines. The technology enables lower emissions, increased fuel flexibility and improved reliability.

“We look forward to testing plasma-assisted fuel injectors and the improvements it can make in all areas of turbine performance,” Tony Lorentz, Capstone’s vice president of engineering and product development, said in a statement.

Shares of Capstone (CPST) closed Thursday down 2 cents, or 2 percent, to 77 cents on the Nasdaq.