A historical overview of how Ingersoll-Rand
The development of the breakthrough
recuperator technology, designed and patented by Ingersoll-Rand
(IR), played the most crucial role in paving the way
for advanced work on the IR microturbine system.
Building on the momentum provided
by the recuperator technology, IR began development
of commercial units with sponsorship from Southern California
Gas, New York Gas and the Gas Research Institute, now
part of the Gas Technology Institute (GTI).
One year later, IR trademarked the
To meet the demands of a growing market,
IR, in mid-2000, formed Ingersoll-Rand Energy Systems,
based in the prominent Pease International Tradeport
in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This business structure
represents a significant commitment to the microturbines
focusing on, identifying, developing and marketing alternative-power
solutions. It was this commitment that placed the first
field test units into operation in mid-2000.
An all-encompassing beta field test
program was completed and Ingersoll-Rand Energy Systems
met its expectations of taking commercial orders for
its microturbine product line.
Manufacturing production capability
for the MT70 induction unit was completed and engineering
development of the MT250 began.
The year began with shipments of the
first commercial induction MT70 microturbine.
Later in the year development of the
synchronous version of the MT70 was completed. Shipments
were made ensuring that customers would have power in
the event of a grid failure.
Energy Systems also shipped its first microturbines
for use with low Btu fuels such as those found in landfills
and wastewater treatment plants.
Engineering development of the MT250
was completed and the microturbine was formally introduced.
Commercial manufacturing production was commenced and
Energy Systems began accepting orders for the 250kW
microturbine for use with natural gas and low Btu fuels.
Branded EcoWorks TM, Energy Systems
began providing solutions for the environmental markets.
These currently offered solutions include complete fuel
conditioning, total maintenance and financing comprising
a comprehensive electrical cogeneration package.
Ingersoll-Rand's standby generators
group joined Energy Systems in August, giving the company
the opportunity to offer a comprehensive energy solution
to its customers. Such a solution can include any combination
of microturbines, standby generators and fuel conditioners,
ensuring the customer will always have efficient, economical
and reliable power available.
Energy Systems developed, shipped
and commissioned its first fuel conditioning system
for use with digester gas.
Ingersoll-Rand Energy Systems will
continue to focus on key markets and the commercialization
of its fuel conditioning system.
Energy Systems will also continue
to aggressively pursue its Solutionizing™ approach
in offering a broad range of consultation, products
and services needed to develop solutions that address
larger business and environmental objectives.