A combined heat and power (CHP) system at the Toledo Museum of Art has surpassed 400,000 hours of operation – contributing to the Museum’s overall savings of 80 percent of electricity use per year, according to GEM Energy, which is a full-service, authorized Capstone MicroTurbine distributor for the states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and New York (outside of the five boroughs, Long Island and Westchester County).
The four C65 Capstone microturbines on-site at the Toledo Museum supply heating and electricity through cogeneration. The microturbine system supplies the museum with 260 kW of continuous electricity and 1.6 million btu of heat.
GEM Energy installed the microturbines in 2003 – Ohio’s first microturbine installation and the first in Ohio to include a net metering agreement with First Energy. The sustainable microturbines allow the museum to conserve energy, while still maintaining the precise temperature and humidity levels required to preserve its art collection and ensure the comfort of visitors.