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FIRST GAS TURBINE WITH CATALYTICA'S XONON INSTALLED AT UTILITY.

Catalytica Combustion Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Catalytica, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTAL), has announced the first installation of a gas turbine equipped with the XONON(tm)

Combustion System in a municipally-owned utility for the production of electricity. The System is designed to achieve ultra-low air emissions without impacting the performance of the turbine. The turbine was started up today at the Gianera Generating Station of Silicon Valley Power, a municipally- owned utility serving the City of Santa Clara, Calif.

The XONON Combustion System, deployed for the first time today in a commercial setting, is designed to enable turbines to produce environmentally-sound power without the need for expensive cleanup solutions. Previously, this XONON system had successfully completed over 1,200 hours of extensive full-scale tests which documented its ability to limit emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), a primary air pollutant, to less than 3 parts per million.

"Power production by a XONON-equipped turbine represents a major milestone for the power turbine industry," said Dennis A. Orwig, president and CEO of Catalytica Combustion Systems.

"This turbine will be used to provide additional evidence of XONON's durability, reliability, and ultra-low emissions performance during field operations at a utility. Turbine users, original equipment manufacturers, and environmental and energy regulators will have an excellent opportunity to observe XONON in action. Silicon Valley, the center of world- class technology innovation, is an ideal location for starting the first XONON turbine."

"Developed by Catalytica here in Silicon Valley, the XONON technology supports the idea that economic growth and a healthy environment are fully compatible and complementary goals," stated Judy Nadler, mayor of Santa Clara. "Ultimately, the people of the City of Santa Clara are the beneficiaries of Silicon Valley Power's commitment to these two goals and to technological innovation. We are delighted to work with Catalytica and to have the opportunity to realize the benefits of XONON in our own local power system. Only in Silicon Valley and in a city as progressive as Santa Clara could we be unveiling this project."

Under the arrangement with Silicon Valley Power, the utility will host the XONON equipped gas turbine system, purchasing its output and delivering it to its electricity customers.

Santa Clara residences and businesses thus gain a uniquely clean supply of locally generated power at a fully competitive cost, while Catalytica Combustion Systems has the opportunity to gain real world operating and maintenance experience on a utility system.

Catalytica Combustion Systems, Inc., a majority owned subsidiary of Catalytica, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTAL), manufactures and markets the XONON Combustion System, the ultra-low NOx solution for natural gas turbines. XONON virtually eliminates the formation of oxides of nitrogen, a greenhouse gas, from turbines. This technology broadens the use of turbines in meeting the demand for power generation. Find Catalytica on the World Wide Web at www.catalytica-inc.com.

For more information, call 650/960-3000.
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