MTI joins with Carrier Corp to form Turbonetics and Partners with Ford on $100M Project
Joint venture with the Carrier Corporation – Turbonetics
The Turbonetics division as started in 1970 as a joint venture with the Carrier Corporation and spun out of the Turbomachinery Division of MTI. This business line’s first product was the COMPACK Centrifugal Compressor which won the John C Vaaler Award from Chemical Processing magazine for its innovative design.
During the 1970’s MTI’s Tubonetics division pioneered the development of a line of high-efficiency, energy-conserving steam turbines used in the oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, metals and mining, and pulp and paper industries.
Collaboration with Ford Motor Co. for Stirling Cycle Engine
In 1978, MTI began work on the Stirling Cycle Engine, which offered exceedingly high efficiency and the ability to use of a variety of energy sources, including solar, nuclear, and solid, liquid and gaseous fuels. In the largest technology development program in MTI history, the company partnered with Ford Motor Co. on a $100 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to place a Stirling engine in an automobile and achieve a 30% improvement in fuel efficiency while maintaining performance.