Jessie Gillis Joins Vergent Power Solutions

We are pleased to announce the most recent addition to our growing team, Jessie Gillis.  Jessie is an electrical engineer based in Toronto, Canada.  He comes to us from our dealer partner, Whiby Hydro Energy Services Corporation, where he sold, developed, executed and serviced Capstone microturbine CHP plants in Ontario.  

Jessie’s role at Vergent Power is Senior Applications and Field Service Engineer.  He will put his engineering and sales skills to use to not only aid in developing new microturbine projects, but also to service operating plants, as Jessie is a Capstone Authorized Service Provider (ASP).  

Vergent Power has done nine CHP projects in Canada since 2014, and services an additional six plants. We are fully dedicated to the Eastern Canadian territory and are proud to represent Capstone Turbine in this exciting energy market.  We have several dozen active projects in development currently in Ontario, where natural gas-driven generation makes clear economic sense for businesses looking to reduce energy costs while hardening their energy security.  

Welcome, Jessie!

Nick Coffman Joins Vergent Power Solutions

We are pleased to welcome Nick Coffman to the role of Applications and Field Service Engineer to the Vergent Power Solutions team!

Nick has a great technical background from the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard where he worked as a Crew Chief maintaining aircraft since 2009.  He’ll put those skills to use while helping to keep Vergent Power’s fleet of over one hundred Capstone microturbines in service. 

Nick will be based in our Boston-area office.

Ramsey Espertin Joins Vergent Power as Field Service Engineer

We are very pleased to welcome Ramsey Espertin as our newest Field Service Engineer (FSE).  FSE’s are the first responders to any customer issue and they are critical to our company’s success. 

Ramsey will work out of our Boston-area office and report to Sumner Bachman, VP of Technical Services.

Ramsey joins Vergent Power after many years working directly for Capstone Turbine, where he provided service support on microturbine systems around the world.  He is a seasoned tech with loads of experience and will be an immediate asset to Vergent’s service capabilities.  In fact, he is now the third Vergent team member with deep, first-hand experience gained working for the Capstone factory directly. 

Welcome, Ramsey!

ALERT - New England Power Market Needs More Capacity

An article in yesterday’s Union Leader very succinctly summarizes the power shortages facing New England. 

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150205/NEWS02/150209540&source=RSS

Power plant closings have left a gaping whole in the region’s electricity supply that will affect ratepayers in the medium and long term.  We can only expect power prices to rise in order to address the current shortages. 

Onsite combined heat and power (CHP) is one way that New England businesses can control the threat of rising energy prices.  With natural gas supply as abundant and historically inexpensive as it is today, the time has never been better for CHP.  That’s why we recently sent nearly 1,000 Massachusetts companies and organizations an offer to receive a free energy analysis as part of our Mass CHP Campaign.

Get started saving money today by letting Vergent Power conduct a free energy analysis on your facility.  Click on http://www.vergentpower.com/massachusetts-microturbine-chp.

 

VPS Featured in Bakken Buyer’s Guide

VPS is pleased to be featured in the inaugural edition of the North Dakota Petroleum Council Buyer’s Guide. 

According to the NPDC, “The Buyer’s Guide provides NDPC members and other industry professionals with an efficient way to browse for goods and services.  The Buyer’s Guide also offers oil and gas suppliers and companies exceptional visibility by showcasing their products and services to a targeted, industry-specific buyer group.”

Capstone MicroTurbines are a great fit for providing clean and reliable power from oilfield waste gas.  Oil producers in the Bakken are getting better at capturing associated gas, but about 30% of produced gas is still flared. 

We’ve all heard about the falling price of oil.  More efficient capture and use of flare gas in places like the Bakken is a win-win.  VPS is excited to be part of the solution in the Bakken.

Please type in keyword “Vergent” visit at www.ndoilgasbuyersguide.com/search.aspx.

We’re Growing in New England

Vergent Power now has a new office in New England.  The larger Waltham, MA location will house sales and service operations for our growing operations in the Northeast. 

We are maintaining nearly 40 microturbines in New England and interest from new customers continues to grow.  Vergent Power is soon launching a campaign to introduce microturbine technology to Massachusetts’ largest energy consumers.  In the coming weeks we will reach out to over 300 MA-based companies and institutions in an effort to reduce their energy costs with clean and reliable microturbine technology. 

Microturbines are an ideal solution in Massachusetts where electricity prices continue to rise and the Capstone product easily meets the state’s stringent emissions regulations.  Customers that install Microturbine Combined Heat and Power systems can also be eligible for incentives – our team helps customers maximize these programs to the benefit of their bottom line.

Most of all, we are very pleased to announce our newest team member, Mike Savage.  Mike will work out of the Waltham office and is spearheading the Massachusetts campaign as well as other new business development activities in New England.  Welcome, Mike!

To learn more about the MA campaign, please contact msavage@vergentpower.com.

 

 

Twenty Turbines Under Contract!

It has been awhile since our last post – we’ve been very busy growing our company and expanding the reach of microturbines throughout the US and Canada.

We are proud to announce that in just 6 short months we have put our 20th Capstone MicroTurbine™ under long term service agreement.

The Factory Protection Plan (“FPP”) is a long-term maintenance package, backed by the Capstone factory and implemented by its specialized and certified Distributors.  For up to 15 years, Vergent Power will guarantee the cost of all microturbine maintenance.  This is the only such program in our industry that covers ALL parts, ALL labor, and EVERYTHING planned and unplanned.  Even the 40,000-hour turbine engine overhaul is included in the FPP.

The FPP gives our customers peace of mind and the confidence of knowing exactly what the “M” in “O&M” will cost for a decade to come.

Some of our FPP customers are new plants and some are old plants that have been running for years.  We especially enjoy bringing 10-year old turbines back to life and placing them under our care for another 10 years.  This would only be possible with a great product like the Capstone MicroTurbine™!

Power-Gen International Looks at Resiliency & Microgrids

Greetings!

Another busy week last week for Vergent Power.  Much of it spent out in the field with our existing customer base in New England like the Mass Maritime Academy, Stonyfield Yogurt and TACO HVAC.  We’re proud to be getting these great companies and institutions under Vergent Power long-term service contracts.

I also spent a day with the Power-Gen International Steering Committee, of which I am proud to have been a member for the past five years.  Together with some very impressive industry leaders, we helped to assemble the Power-Gen International Conference this December in Orlando. 

The Onsite Power Committee put together three very exciting sessions on the topics of microgrids, resiliency of distributed generation against weather-related power outages, and how cheap and abundant natural gas is changing the power gen landscape.  I am very impressed with this year’s batch of speakers, which organizer PennWell will announce soon.

And Vergent Power will soon be announcing some new positions for which we are hiring...

Welcome to vergentpower.com!

We are very pleased to announce the creation of Vergent Power Solutions, Inc.  Vergent Power is a new company that is 100% dedicated to implementing successful microturbine projects and to providing best-in-class service to the existing installed fleet in our territory.  I started the company after working for six years at Capstone Turbine, most recently as the Vice President for Sales in charge of the Americas, Africa and the Middle East.  I bring with me some top-notch technical talent from the Factory. 

Microturbines are an exciting and proven technology with over 60 million operating hours across the world. I have personally been involved in projects in some unbelievable places - on tops of skyscrapers, in the jungles of the rainforest, at altitudes in excess of 8,000 feet, in the hottest deserts and in the coldest tundras, the list goes on and on.  The Capstone microturbine is the only product that uses air bearings in the hot section of a turbine.  The air bearing means that the microturbine uses no oil, no coolants and spins at 96,000 rpm! 

At Vergent Power we excel at three core activities:

  1. Being microturbine experts.    
  2. Working collaboratively with project partners to help them integrate this amazing technology into great projects.    
  3. Standing behind the product for the long term by providing best-in-class service for the life of the microturbine.

We are grateful to Capstone Turbine for selecting us to represent their technology in the Upper Midwest and New England.  We look forward to bringing microturbine energy to your business soon.

Stay tuned for more exciting news from www.vergentpower.com!

Sincerely,

Justin Rathke
President and Founder