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Catalytica Energy Systems Ships First Commercial Units; Xonon-Equipped Kawasaki Gas Turbines Scheduled for Installation by Year-End

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jul 30, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Catalytica Energy
Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CESI) today announced that it has shipped its first
commercial Xonon modules to Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. for incorporation into
three M1A-13X gas turbines.

The 1.4 megawatt (MW) Kawasaki gas turbines equipped with the Xonon(TM) Cool
Combustion system were ordered by Enron Energy Services Operations, Inc., and
will be installed at a U.S. government healthcare facility in Jamaica Plain,
Mass. before the end of the year. Upon entering commercial service, the three
turbines will satisfy the co-generation power needs of the medical center. As an
integral part of the combustion system, Xonon will enable these turbines to
produce clean electric power with ultra-low levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx).

"Commercializing our Xonon Cool Combustion system has been a top priority for us
this year," stated Craig Kitchen, president and CEO of Catalytica Energy
Systems. "This first commercial shipment marks one of our most important
milestones to date."

Kitchen continued, "The operation of these turbines in a populated urban area of
Massachusetts, one of the most stringently regulated areas in the country for
emissions and air quality, will be an excellent platform for the commercial
launch of our product. This installation represents what we believe is a growing
demand for distributed generation, or power at the point of use. Our Xonon
system provides the enabling technology for gas turbines to meet the ultra-low
emissions requirements in densely populated areas, and to be sited near the load
where power is needed most without adverse environmental impact."

Xonon Cool Combustion offers significant advantages over competing emissions
control systems that clean up the pollution downstream after it has formed, and
in some cases use toxic and hazardous reagents such as ammonia to achieve
ultra-low emissions levels. Xonon prevents the formation of NOx at the source,
in the combustion chamber, and achieves NOx emissions of less than 2.5 parts per
million without any incremental health or safety risks. To the end-user, Xonon
delivers a more cost-effective and less burdensome approach to achieving
ultra-low emissions in gas turbine power generation.

Catalytica Energy Systems designs and develops advanced products for more
effective energy production. Its proprietary technologies include the use of
catalysts to create solutions to ease the environmental impact of power
generation. The company's first product, Xonon Cool Combustion, is a
breakthrough combustion technology that achieves ultra-low emissions levels for
gas turbine power production. Xonon prevents the formation of pollution,
particularly nitrogen oxides (NOx), a primary contributor to smog, through a
proprietary catalytic combustion process. Additional technology development
efforts include work on fuel processing for fuel cells, as well as adaptation of
Xonon technology to micro-turbines, hybrid gas turbine fuel cells, and diesel
applications. Find Catalytica Energy Systems on the Worldwide Web at
www.CatalyticaEnergy.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding
commercialization of Catalytica Energy Systems' Xonon Cool Combustion system,
product shipment, incorporation of Xonon into the Kawasaki M1A-13X turbine, the
scheduled installation of Xonon-equipped M1A-13X gas turbines by Catalytica
Energy Systems and Kawasaki Motors Corp. at a Massachusetts' project site, the
scheduled commercial operation of Xonon-equipped M1A-13X turbines at project
sites, Xonon's performance, the market demand for technologies that can enable
clean power production, and the competitive position of Catalytica Energy
Systems. Actual results could differ and such differences could be material.
These statements involve risks and uncertainties, including without limitation,
the risk that there may be unanticipated technical, commercial, or other factors
related to Xonon's performance, the incorporation of Xonon into the M1A-13X
turbines, the arrangements between Kawasaki and Catalytica Energy Systems for
the supply of M1A-13X gas turbines, that marketing, project development, and
installation timelines and regulatory review outcomes are uncertain, and that
results may differ from those stated and the other risks set forth in the
Catalytica Energy Systems' Form S-1/A filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission on July 20, 2001. Catalytica Energy Systems undertakes no obligation
to update publicly any forward-looking statements to reflect new information,
events, or circumstances after the date of this release. Investors are
encouraged to review Catalytica Energy Systems' Form S-1/A dated July 20, 2001,
or Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2000, filed with the Securities
and Exchange Commission, for additional factors that could affect Catalytica
Energy Systems' future performance.

Editor's Note: Xonon and Cool Combustion are registered trademarks of Catalytica
Energy Systems, Inc. Mountain View, Calif., U.S.



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