BP Unveils Capstone-Powered Gas Station In Spain

30kW unit will power station's electricity, heat water for car wash and building during winter at 80% efficiency.

Published: 14-Dec-2000

MADRID, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 14, 2000--Global energy giant BP (www.bp.com)(NYSE:BP) unveiled what it claims to be the world's most environment-friendly gas station at a gala grand opening Tuesday here in the Spanish capital.

BP chose to use a Capstone MicroTurbine(TM) power system as the facility's primary source of clean electricity.

A Spanish-language BP press release on the unveiling stated that the "future of energy and the environment is in a critical situation, and we at BP are committed to doing our part to change our habits of consumption, optimize energy efficiency and promote energy saving measures. And, of course, we have a commitment to promoting the use of renewable energies and new technologies. In sum, we intend to have a holistic policy of respecting the environment."

In addition to its 30 kW electrical output, the Capstone MicroTurbine also produces heat that will be used to warm the water used by the site's car wash, and for space heating in winter months, "creating a total energy efficiency of about 80%," according to the BP press release.

BP's Spanish press materials note that the facility, named "Harmony," also includes a 10 kilowatt photovoltaic array, a 6 kW wind turbine and a geothermal exchange system to maximize utilization of residual heat. The service station will provide fuels ranging from gasoline to liquefied natural gas, and will have an electric vehicle charging service and other amenities. It also houses an on-site Renewable Energy Hall exhibition space showcasing the systems that are the sole source of power for this high-tech service station. The exhibit will serve as an energy teaching laboratory for local universities and the public at-large.

A similar Capstone-powered service station/energy museum is due to debut in Lisbon, Portugal, in the next few weeks.

Through BP's 3-year-old Sunflower program, they "will have installed photovoltaic solar panels in 40 of our Iberian network service stations by the end of 2000," according to the BP Espana press release. Press materials also note that BP Espana has recently developed a business unit for the commercialization of natural gas and electrical generation technologies that will directly serve Spain and Portugal.

"BP is one of the world's largest energy companies, and they have clearly demonstrated a leadership and an abiding commitment to development of clean and renewable energy sources," said Dr. Ake Almgren, Capstone Turbine's president and chief executive officer. "BP's selection of the Capstone MicroTurbine as the primary on-site energy supply system for their Madrid and Lisbon facilities is a significant endorsement."

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