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Phoenix Contact and Capstone Turbine release PowerSync controllers for Capstone microturbines

February 142018
Phoenix Contact and Capstone Turbine release PowerSync controllers for Capstone microturbines

February 14, 2018 -- Capstone Turbine Corporation, a clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, and Phoenix Contact, a manufacturer of industrial automation, interconnection and interface solutions, announced the completion of a 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 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 controller line is based on Phoenix Contact’s AXC 3050 PLC, and works to increase the reliability of the Capstone microturbines by utilizing a self-healing Ethernet ring to eliminate single points of failure in its control network. The controllers also provide transfer capabilities. The PowerSync controllers include algorithms designed to maximize overall system efficiency and adjust the operation of individual microturbines to align with their predicted scheduled service dates. The PowerSync controllers provide for secure remote communications, and can be customized to integrate with site-specific balance-of-plant equipment.

Phoenix Contact not only helped to develop the new PowerSync controller but also uses a Capstone C1000 microturbine at its facility in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The C1000 is a combined cooling heat and power (CCHP) installation, utilizing a 5,000-BTU heat exchanger and a 300-ton absorption chiller. This enables Phoenix Contact to utilize the thermal energy from the exhaust for the building’s hydronic heating loop, providing heating and cooling to the facility.


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Phoenix Contact develops and manufactures industrial electrical and electronic technology products that power, protect, connect, and automate systems and equipment for a range of industries. 

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