Microturbine company Bladon Jets has opened its Engineering Center in Coventry, UK. The new centre houses advanced manufacturing and development facilities to help the company prepare its products for volume production. Bladon Jets is working with car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover on the development of a micro gas turbine engine to operate in a plug-in hybrid car. (Earlier post.)
The Engineering Center was formally opened by Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Sons, which is an investor in the company through its UK subsidiary Tata Ltd.
Bladon Jets says that its small, light and clean-burning power units are ideally suited to the needs of a number of fast-growing market—among the most significant of which are electrical power generation and range extenders for electric vehicles.
Having developed the patented manufacturing technology which makes it possible to produce the micro power units, Bladon Jets is currently working with its partners and suppliers to commercialise products for these volume markets.
The Bladon Jets Engineering Center houses the design tools, analysis equipment and production machines required to develop and produce micro jet engines. Key technologies include the Electric Discharge Machining (EDM) spark erosion machines which are capable of creating ultra-high-precision turbine components required for the micro jets. These components are machined from solid metal, with an accuracy of +/- 5 microns.