Microturbine employs Ethernet ring to eliminate points of failure


Contact has teamed up with Capstone Turbine to develop PowerSync controllers
for microturbines. The new design is aimed at making the Capstone microturbines
easier to use for both end-user customers as well as Capstone’s distribution


new controllers, based on Phoenix Contact’s AXC 3050 programmable logic
controller (PLC), boost the reliability and availability of the Capstone
microturbines by utilizing a self-healing Ethernet ring to eliminate single
points of failure in the control network.

PowerSync controllers include algorithms to maximize overall system efficiency
and adjust the operation of individual microturbines in order to align with
their predictive schedule service dates. And that makes microturbines intuitive
and easy to use.

Additionally, these controllers provide seamless
transfer capabilities, ensuring that end-users’ loads don’t lead to any
interruption in operation in the event of a utility power outage. Finally, the
controllers can also be customized according to the requirements of site-specific

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