Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it has received an order for two natural gas-fueled C200 Signature Series (C200S) microturbines for KO-SI d.o.o., a leading manufacturer of natural textiles and home furnishings. Laibach, Capstone's exclusive distributor in Slovenia and Croatia, secured the 400 kilowatt (kW) order that is expected to be commissioned in December 2020.
"This new 400-kW product and service contract order is continued proof of the resiliency we are experiencing from the markets in Europe. We have recently seen both product and service wins from the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Italy and now Slovenia as people in Europe return to work following the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic," stated Darren Jamison, President and Chief Executive Officer of Capstone Turbine Corporation. "Since 2008, Laibach has been developing clean technology projects in partnership with Capstone, and they continue to build out their local energy efficiency market," added Mr. Jamison.
KO-SI d.o.o. is a leading manufacturer of environmentally friendly natural materials used in mattresses, upholstered furniture, packaging, insulation, and erosion control in the agricultural industry. In 2018, the company sought an energy-efficient solution that would reduce energy costs, improve resiliency, and lower their carbon footprint. Two C200S microturbines are expected to provide an ideal solution for the manufacturing plant by generating clean and green electricity and thermal energy on-site, behind the meter. The microturbines will be deployed in an efficient combined heat and power (CHP) configuration to produce electrical power, whereas the useable exhaust heat will be processed through a heat exchanger to produce hot air that will be used in the treatment of the natural fibers.
"KO-SI d.o.o. is dedicated to the application of sustainable green energy technologies such as Capstone microturbines," said Mr. Miro Murn, Principal at Laibach. "This CHP-microturbine application can serve as a blueprint for other textile manufacturers around the world," concluded Mr. Murn.
Textile manufacturing is a very energy-intensive process, making energy demands one of the highest cost factors in the industry. As manufacturers face an increasingly competitive global business environment, opportunities to reduce production costs without negatively affecting product is of the utmost importance. Rising energy prices are driving up costs and successful cost-effective investment into energy-efficiency technologies like Capstone microturbines can help meet these challenges while allowing greater energy independence.
A report by the Macarthur Foundation found that the industry's immense footprint extends beyond the use of raw materials. In 2015, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from textile production totaled 1.2 billion tons of CO2 equivalent, more than those of all international flights and maritime shipping combined at the time.
In recent years, sustainability has become a significant trend in the textile industry. Consumers are better informed and increasingly expect ecologically and socially responsible products and thus, sustainable solutions in the textile industry. Manufacturers are increasingly committed to tapping innovation potential and promoting sustainable development to give them an edge on the competition.