Hornblower Hybrid Wins Capstone Microturbine Power Marine Contest

Written by Cameron Clark on December 4, 2014

 

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today the naming of the Hornblower Hybrid as the winner of the Capstone Microturbine Power Marine Contest.

In late 2013, Capstone challenged marine professionals around the world to explore the benefits of microturbine technology with a contest to win up to 130kW of free Capstone microturbine power for their vessel. After careful consideration, Capstone selected Hornblower and the Hornblower Hybrid yacht using contest criteria based on economics, performance, and application of the solution.

Hornblower promotes this hybrid yacht as the greenest and most innovative dinner cruise ship on the water, boasting leading edge technology, creative cuisine, and signature Hornblower service.

Working side-by-side with American Traction Systems (ATS), makers of solid-state electric traction and propulsion systems, Capstone will upgrade the New York Hornblower Hybrid with a custom C65 microturbine to help power the ship. The microturbine will produce DC power using Capstone’s standard hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) components mounted in a heavy duty industrial enclosure.

Deployed in a highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) marine application, the microturbine will also satisfy the hot water needs of the vessel. This innovative microturbine solution is expected to be commissioned in early 2015.

Capstone Turbine has its innovative hybrid microturbine solution on display in booth 661 at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans, Louisiana from December 3-5, 2014.

“ATS worked with Hornblower to commission the very first US Coast Guard approved hybrid passenger ferries in the United States,” said Larry Machak, Business Development Manager at American Traction Systems. “The ATS hybrid propulsion system will integrate seamlessly with Capstone’s microturbine generator to allow for vessel operation at the most efficient load point,” added Machak.

“Capstone looks forward to working with an innovative company like Hornblower to provide clean and efficient power to such an eco-friendly vessel,” said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Capstone Turbine. “Microturbines are ideal for power generation in marine applications because of their ultra-low emissions, minimal maintenance, small footprint, ease of installation, quiet operation, and lack of lubricants and coolants,” added Crouse.

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