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The first Bladon MTG12 has rolled off the production line

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Last week was a busy week at Bladon’s Coventry manufacturing facility, as the first Bladon MTG12 rolled off the production line.

Before it can be shipped, the MTG12 underwent a series of rigorous tests.

Constant running and cycling across all of the power ranges up to 12kW has been undertaken night and day, rain, hail or shine outside and inside their test cells.

Bladon have run their engines to the equivalent of 5 years regular usage to put the turbine, air bearings and control system to the test.

Reliability is the cornerstone of what they do.

The MTG requires once a year servicing (or less), can use multiple fuel types without modification, is super quiet, and already has the lowest emissions of any genset of its size.

The Bladon team assembled to celebrate the culmination of years of dedication and hard work. Congratulations to all!

Bladon @ TowerXchange Meetup Africa 2018

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bladon exhibitionBladon team at the TowerXchange South Africa 9th October 2018, offical MTG launch.

Bladon Micro Turbine (“Bladon”), the pioneer in the design development, engineering and manufacturer of micro turbine gensets (“MTGs”), announces today at the influential TowerXchange Meetup Africa 2018 the launch of its first commercial product, the Bladon MTG12, a 12kW (15kVA equivalent) micro turbine genset developed specifically for the global telecom tower market.

With a total cost of ownership up to 30% lower than conventional diesel gensets, the Bladon MTG is transforming the way power is provided to telecom towers across the continent of Africa.

  • It offers up to 8,000-hour service intervals, which translates to 90% fewer site visits than conventional diesel gensets
  • its fuel flexibility lowers fuel costs and will reduce fuel theft; a multi-million-dollar problem for mobile networks globally
  • the MTG is secure by design and reduces the risk of theft with tamper proof internal hinges, single service door access, no parts that can be reused for conventional diesel gensets
  • with only one moving part, no liquid coolant or engine oil to dispose of, the MTG provides ultra-low noise and vibration free operation along with class leading emissions that make it cleaner, quieter and significantly reduces the MTG genset’s overall environmental impact when compared to conventional diesel gensets.

These benefits have been demonstrated through field trials conducted this year in South Africa, Uganda and Nigeria.

Kieron Osmotherly, Founder & CEO of TowerXchange, said: “Over 50% of a towerco network’s operating expenses can be attributed to maintenance and fuel costs for their energy equipment. Any technology or process that can reliably reduce this goes straight to their bottom line. There is an increasing appetite from the market now to embrace innovative ways to tackle this difficult problem especially in Africa and Asia where network grids can be unreliable and where tens of thousands of towers are off grid.”

Andrew Edmondson, CEO of Abbott Technologies, said: “We have been working with Bladon for the last 12 months refining the offering of its micro turbine genset for the African market. We are now ready to show to our clients how the Bladon MTG can transform the way discrete reliable power is delivered to the telecom tower with an astonishing once a year service regime compared to once a month for a conventional diesel genset. As a partner of Bladon’s, we are excited to begin delivering and supporting this solution.”

The Bladon MTG will be unveiled at today’s TowerXchange Meetup Africa 2018, the pre-eminent, invitation-only event for Directors, VP and C-level decision makers in the African telecom tower industry which is made up of more than 200,000 towers on the continent. The Bladon MTG has been eagerly anticipated by the industry and Bladon is working with leading Mobile Network Operators and Towercos to deploy its MTG.

Paul Barrett, CEO of Bladon Micro Turbine, said “The well-established telecom tower power market is ideal to showcase the benefits of our disruptive MTG, which offers dependable power for significantly longer than the incumbent conventional diesel genset, requiring less frequent intervention, with reduced environmental impact and greater security from theft. Our field trials of the MTG have demonstrated these benefits to our customers, who are now looking forward to making very significant cost savings by its adoption. We look forward to presenting our best of British engineering Bladon MTG to the industry over the next few days.”
Stay tuned to recieve the latest updates, or feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Please note, Bladon Jets have now officially rebranded to Bladon Micro Turbine.

Bladon Micro Turbine – Update

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bladdon micro turbine site visit

Bladon’s Product Manager David with RTT Group Directors, Peter Reeve and Trent Todd.

We have just returned from visiting Bladon’s new manufacturing facility in the UK.

We are pleased to announce that the units are operating efficiently as expected, are producing limited emmisions and are extremely quiet when operating.

We also met some of the impressive new team sourced from the Aerospace, Formula One and automotive industries. We had a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the latest technology, production build out and QA facilities that have been implemented.

Over the coming weeks we will be releasing some exciting news regarding the imminent launch of this game changing power generation technology.

Stay tuned to recieve the latest updates, or feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Please note, Bladon Jets have now officially rebranded to Bladon Micro Turbine. You can check out their new branding along with the full video at our website