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