The 1980’s

MTI Spins off Turbonetics Energy and gets NASA contract for Stirling Engine

MTI Stirling Engine Explored for NASA

Turbonetics Energy spunoff and produces highly efficient steam turbine

  • Turbonetics Energy Inc. was spun off in 1980 and the basis for its line of products was the Radial-Inflow Steam Turbine, introduced that year.  This breakthrough in steam turbine technology, operating in the 500 to 5000 hp range, delivered 73% efficiency which significantly reduced operating costs.

Stirling Cycle Engine usage expands to NASA

  • In 1988 MTI received a $15.4 million contract from NASA to develop a Stirling Engine for use in space.