News & Updates

Brayton Receives ARPA-E Award for Long Duration Utility Scale Energy Storage Project

Our award, under their “DAYS” initiative (Duration Addition to electricitY Storage) is entitled Improved Laughlin-Brayton Cycle Energy Storage. This 2 ½ year advanced development project will design and test a novel high efficiency turbomachine to enable Professor Robert Laughlin’s Pumped Thermal Energy Storage concept to achieve competitive efficiencies and cost. Brayton will be working with …

Brayton Receives Award from the Air Force Research Lab for Turbocharged Wankel Engine

In SBIR Phase 1 and 2 projects, Brayton designed, built and tested a tiny turbocharger integrated with a high-speed alternator. The novel design incorporated a new low-cost air bearing system, for exceptionally lightweight and oil-free maintenance. Building on the success of our SBIR, Brayton will proceed to integrate the turbo-alternator with a 40 hp Wankel …

Brayton Receives Award on the ARPAe INTEGRATE Initiative

The US ARPAe Agency was created to cultivate new high risk, high reward energy technologies. This newest competitive award seeks to create a class of ultra-high efficiency power blocks for distributed electrical generation. With a target of 70% natural gas to electric conversion efficiency at the 100 kWe power level, this ultra clean power module …

Brayton’s Combustor Demonstrates Ultra Low Emissions for Chinese Gas Turbine

Brayton provides services for the gas turbine industry, developing low emission combustors for existing and new engines. In 2017, Brayton re-rated an old KG2 gas turbine engine for a Chinese client, cutting their CO and NOx emissions by a factor of four. In subsequent work, Brayton collaborated in the design of an all-new gas turbine …

Brayton receives award for ‘GENSETS’ : Phase 2

Brayton has received the go-ahead from ARPAe to build and test its 1 kWe combined heat and power generator module. The team passed the highly competitive gate, with a strong technical performance highlighted by component testing.

Bladon Jets opens new 10,000 unit/year microturbine factory

Bladon Jets, LTD, has successfully completed testing of their 12 kWe microturbine genest for telecom power generation. While Brayton provided significant contributions to the microturbine design during the formative period of its development, the credit for this major accomplishment goes to the Bladon team.

Brayton Ships Ultra-Low Emission Combustors to China

Brayton designed and tested two different MW-class gas turbine combustors to a Chinese client for retrofit. These combustors were designed to replace existing oil-fired combustors in older stand-by gas turbine gensets, which when operated had very high NOx and CO emissions.

Brayton Energy Selected for DOE Success Story

Brayton Energy successfully completed the design and quality tests in support of a concentrating solar receiver for a 10 MWe power plant. The CSP power plant employs the highly efficient supercritical carbon dioxide cycle and is expected to approach thermal to electric efficiency of 50% at normal rating conditions.

Brayton Receives Follow-on Project to Build and Test SCO2 Recuperator

The National Energy Technology Lab (NETL) has awarded a contract modification to proceed to build and test a nominally 250 kWe recuperator for a commercial super critical carbon dioxide power plant. This next step builds on the success of prior awards wherein the design and sub-system tests were performed.

Brayton awarded US Navy project for compressed air energy system

Brayton Energy received the award from the US Navy’s Broad Area Announcement (BAA) for our proposal “Compressed Air Energy Storage for Island Naval Bases”. The program is coupled to Brayton’s ongoing Navy project to develop a 1 MW-electric CAES expander system, employing our undersea air storage technology.

Brayton Awarded SunShot Apollo Contract

Brayton Energy has received award notification for the highly competitive SunShot Apollo project from the US Department of Energy. This project will further Brayton’s earlier SunShot receiver work, leading to the development of a break-through technology in concentrating solar power.

Brayton Awarded ARPAe GENSETs Contract

Brayton Energy has received notification of award for ARPAe’s major initiative to develop a 1-kWe residential genset for combined electric and thermal power generation. The target specs are for 1 kW-electric, with an overall energy recovery efficiency of 80%, including heat captured above 80°C . (175°F).

Brayton Awarded Air Force UAV Project

Brayton Energy has receive notice of award for a Phase II contract, through the Small Business Innovative Research Initiative (SBIR). This is a continuation of work performed in 2013-2014, culminating in the build and test of an advanced microturbine UAV.

Gas Turbine Powered Kenworth Truck Launched

ICR Turbine Engine Company, (ICRTec), Brayton’s client and affiliate has introduced the ICR350, an advanced gas turbine propulsion system for class-8 trucks. The engine, co-developed by Brayton incorporates a ceramic hot section, achieving over 40% efficiency over a wide power range.