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Technical Reference Capstone Model C60 Performance


This document presents performance information for the Capstone Turbine Corporation Capstone (recuperated) Model C60 MicroTurbine operating on natural gas (B Range) fuel.

The Capstone Model C60 MicroTurbine system is a compact, low emission, power generator providing up to 60 kW of electrical power. The Model C60 MicroTurbine generates electricity from high-pressure natural gas fuel with low exhaust emissions. Solid-state power electronics allow Grid Connect, Stand Alone, or HEV operation.

ISO Full Load Performance

Performance is listed at full load power and ISO conditions for the Capstone Model C60 MicroTurbine operating on natural gas (B Range) fuel, as defined in the Capstone MicroTurbine Fuel Requirements Technical Reference 410002. ISO conditions are defined as: 15 °C (59 °F), 60% relative humidity, and 101.325 kPa (14.696 psia) (standard sea level pressure). Other items are defined as: HHV: Higher Heating Value, LHV: Lower Heating Value, and HPNG: High Pressure Natural Gas.

Table 1 presents the (recuperated) Model C60 MicroTurbine performance for HPNG application.

Table 1. Capstone Model C60 MicroTurbine Performance (Grid Connect/Stand Alone)



Rated Output

60.0 (+0/-2) kW

Thermal Efficiency

28.0 (+/-2)% LHV (Lower Heating Value)

Fuel Flow (LHV Based) (See Notes 1 and 2)

771,000 kJ/hr (731,000 Btu/hr)

Fuel Flow (HHV Based) (See Notes 1 and 2)

849,000 kJ/hr (804,000 Btu/hr)

Heat Rate (LHV Based) (See Notes 1 and 2)

12,900 kJ/kWhr (12,200 Btu/kWhr)

Exhaust Temperature

305 °C (580 °F)

Exhaust Heat Energy

571,000 kJ/hr (541,000 Btu/hr)

Exhaust Mass Flow

0.48 kg/s (1.06 lbm/s)


These parameters are fuel-type dependent.


The ratio of Higher Heating Value (HHV) to Lower Heating Value (LHV) is assumed to be 1.1.

410005-001 Rev B (June 2003) Page 1 of 14

This information is proprietary to Capstone Turbine Corporation. Neither this document nor the information contained herein shall be copied, disclosed to others, or used for any purposes other than the specific purpose for which this document was delivered. Capstone reserves the right to change or modify without notice, the design, the product specifications, and/or the contents of this document without incurring any obligation either with respect to equipment previously sold or in the process of construction.

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