Military Embedded Systems

Microturbine engine for UAVs demos fuel flexibility


March 19, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Associate Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Photo courtesy of UAV Turbines, Inc.

MIAMI, Fla. UAV Turbines, Inc. (UAVT), microturbine technology company, announced that its Monarch 5 turboshaft engine can now run on natural gas, signifying possible fuel flexibility. Previously shown to run on all types of heavy fuels including jet fuel, the addition of natural gas could extend this technology beyond flight and into ground emergency and standby power generation for both onsite and remote application areas.

According to the company, UAV Turbines’ miniaturized microturbine technology creates new opportunities for integration into systems powering hard-to-access remote weather stations, oil fields, telecom towers, construction sites, emergency field teams, stationary first responders, and military vehicle communications.

A portable micro-turbogenerator system running on natural gas or diesel fuel will benefit these users by offering them the flexibility of running with various available fuels while allowing the user to select based on cost, availability, or quality.

UAV Turbines is currently curating a select group of launch customers with innovative design needs for engine orders being driven by emerging and high growth markets such as unmanned aircraft, military combat, urban air mobility and industrial, commercial and residential compact, and efficient power sources.


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