Microgrid: integrated charging stations for electric vehicles in Italy

Capstone Green Energy, a leading Californian company and the world’s only manufacturer of energy systems that reduce carbon emissions through the use of gas turbines with oil-free technology, together with IBT Connectring Energies, exclusive partner in Italy and Greece, will provide three C65 microturbines to build an innovative MICROGRID in Italy with integrated charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs). The collaboration of IBT and S4E, an important Italian ESCO, has enabled the development of this microgrid solution in CCHP (Combined Cooling Heat and Power), one of the first examples of its kind in Italy.
The project is scheduled to start in March 2022, and is expected to dramatically reduce on-site greenhouse gas emissions to the tune of over 1,000 tons per year. Here’s what to know about this important news!


In the energy field, the term MICROGRID indicates a small, self-sufficient local network for the generation of electrical energy that can support and integrate the public electricity network. The increasingly widespread use of electric vehicles has contributed to a strong expansion of this technology. Currently in Italy there are about 17,000 recharging points for vehicles, clearly already insufficient for the needs.
Capstone Green Energy’s Gas Turbines perfectly meet the different requirements of a Microgrid network.
In fact it is essential that the recharge mode is fast, simple and safe. Capstone gas microturbines allow the creation of flexible Microgrids and produce directly in direct current the energy needed to recharge vehicle batteries. They can operate in “stand alone” and do not depend on the public grid, contribute to energy efficiency by integrating if necessary to other types of power generators such as photovoltaic, hydrogen fuel cells, as well as battery storage systems. Finally, they are known to have very low gas emissions into the atmosphere thanks to oil-free technology.
The scenario for the next 5-10 years envisages millions of electric vehicles.
With this application IBT and S4E System are contributing to satisfy and support with this innovative technology the requests that are made by our new and reborn Company.


“The development of this innovative CCHP microgrid solution with integrated EV charging reflects the vision of our customers who are increasingly focused on greener and sustainable solutions,” said Darren Jamison, President and CEO of Capstone Green Energy. This cutting-edge application presented by Capstone Green Energy, IBT Group and S4E System is based on 3 Capstone C65 microturbines and allows the production of cooling, heat and energy using low-pressure natural gas to provide electricity and thermal energy to the end user. S4E, the owner of the plant, will manage and maintain the plant provided, making it possible for the end user to remain focused on its core business activities. Capstone’s clean turbine technology is a key component in the integrated EV solution due to its modulation capability, high overall efficiency and ultra-low emissions. the complete facility makes available a reliable and flexible on-site solution with the ability to charge EVs independently without relying on the local distribution network.


“The long-term partnership between IBT and S4E was strategic for this project. IBT and S4E’s extensive technological and commercial expertise were instrumental in the acquisition of this complex green energy project,” said Ilario Vigani, president of IBT Group.
S4E is a Certified Energy Service Company, consisting of a team of engineers specialized in energy efficiency projects in the industrial, civil and advanced tertiary sectors in general, while Capstone Green Energy is responsible for the construction of cogeneration and trigeneration plants that provide a significant reduction in energy bills, low maintenance and zero emissions by means of oil-free technology, which refers to the complete absence of lubricating oil inside the turbines through the use of air bearings that can support the turbine shaft in rotation without mechanical contact.