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Natural Gas Combined Cycle tour in San Jose

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Fri, August 30, 2019
09:30AM - 12:00PM
Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility
800 Thomas Foon Chew Way, San Jose CA 95134
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Registration Period:
There is no cost for the tour. Lunch can be purchased at the McCarthy Ranch Shopping Center.

Join SPIE for an up-close tour of the Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility on August 30th!

Led by plant manager Terry Mahone, we will get to see one of the cleanest projects of its kind in the state. 
This is a natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) plant, where the exhaust from the gas turbine is used to create steam that drives a steam generator. NGCC plants are the largest source of baseload electricity generation in the country. 

It is a 309 MW plant, consisting of four aero-derivative combustion turbines, four heat recovery steam generators, and one steam turbine.  
Calpine, the plant operator, is the largest provider of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources in the United States. 

Tour Details: 
  • Tour Date/Time: August 30th, 9:30am - 12:00pm. Optional lunch after the tour.
  • Tour size is limited; registration is required.
  • Location: 800 Thomas Foon Chew Way, San Jose, CA 95134 (upon arrival, use the visitor call button on the left hand side as you approach the gate)

Tour Itinerary:
  1. Overview of energy center followed by Q&A
  2. Tour of control center
  3. Tour of turbine and steam generator units
  4. Tour of wastewater treatment laboratory
  5. McCarthy Ranch Shopping Center for lunch after the tour


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