Micro Turbine Generator Developed to Power Towers in Africa


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TowerXchange Meetup Africa 2018

Bladon Micro Turbine, a manufacturer of micro turbine generators (MTGs), announced today at the TowerXchange Meetup Africa 2018 the launch of its first commercial product, the Bladon MTG12 – a 12kW (15kVA) micro turbine genset developed specifically for the global telecom tower market. The generator has been put through field trials conducted this year in South Africa, Uganda and Nigeria.

According to a Bladon spokesperson, the MTG :

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

Kieron Osmotherly, Founder & CEO of TowerXchange, said: “Over 50 percent 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.”

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.”

October 9, 2018