Who they are
Turboden is a leading European company in development and production of ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle) turbogenerators. This state of the art equipment generates heat and power from renewable sources and heat recovery in industrial processes.
The company was founded in 1980 in Milan by Mario Gaia, Professor of Energy at the Politecnico di Milano, and today Managing Director of Turboden. His close connection with the university has always ensured the recruitment of highly qualified R&D personnel.
Turboden has always had a single mission: to design ORC turbogenerators for the production of heat and electrical power from renewable sources, while constantly striving to implement ORC technical solutions.
In 2009, Turboden became part of UTC Corp.
, a worldwide leader in development, production and service for aero engines, aerospace drive systems and power generation gas turbines, to develop ORC solutions from renewable sources and waste heat worldwide.
In 2013 UTC exits the power market forming strategic alliance with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
and Pratt & Whitney Power Systems (now PW Power Systems
) with the affiliate Turboden become an MHI group company.
Today Turboden s.r.l. and PW Power Systems, Inc. are Mitsubishi Heavy Industries group companies, with whom MHI is able to provide a wider range of products and services for thermal power generation systems.
Since 1980 Turboden focuses its activity on the design and the production of ORC systems for distributed generation in renewable energy applications and industrial heat recovery.
Main application fields include:
Biomass cogeneration for district heating networks, sawmills, wood pellet factories, MDF industries, thermal baths, greenhouses, refrigeration plants (with absorption chiller)
Waste heat recovery: electrical power production from exhaust streams in industrial processes (e.g. cement, glass, steel, Oil&Gas, waste incineration, other ferrous and non-ferrous metals
Small combined cycles: electrical power production from reciprocating engines or gas turbines
Geothermal: mainly from low-temperature liquid-dominated wells (100-180 °C)
Solar thermodynamic conversion: electric energy production from medium high temperature solar collectors
Turboden ORC units generate up to 15 MW electric per unit. Larger installations can be obtained by coupling a number of units.
Turboden units have been bought by public and private companies and local governments. Some of the units have been granted by EU funds. High value of renewable energy means that Turboden units repay themselves usually in less than 10 years, sometimes even in less than 3 years. Therefore they are a very sound business opportunity both for private and public clients.