Capstone Turbine Corp. has sold an 800-kilowatt microturbine for use in an innovative biogas project in Japan.
The Van Nuys company expects to commission the C800 Signature Series microturbine later this year.
The microturbine will use agricultural and animal waste to power the Biokurasix Handa biogas power generation facility.
Capstone Chief Executive Darren Jamison explained that prior to the Fukushima nuclear accident in March 2011, power generation in Japan was dominated by nuclear and fossil fuels.
“However, since Fukushima, Japan has been striving to expand its renewable energy generation capacity to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels,” Jamison said in a statement.
As a project of the Biomass Industrial City Initiative, the facility is pursuing several commercialization projects centered on biogas power generation. Some of the initiatives include utilizing clean exhaust heat and gas from the Capstone microturbine to power facility processes and selling surplus power back to the grid, the company said.
Shares in Capstone (CPST) closed Thursday down 2 cents, or about 1.6 percent, to $1.24 on the Nasdaq.