FlexEnergy will focus on improving the value and features of its 333kW small gas turbine product line, the GT333S. This may include projects related to qualifying new hardware and systems, improving electrical and thermal performance, extending load and fuel following capabilities, addressing new application requirements or improving reliability and durability of various microturbine configurations. The UTSR Fellow selected will interface with gas turbine development engineers, production engineers, application engineers, laboratory technicians and component vendors in the execution of these projects. Knowledge of gas turbines, either through classroom instruction or research is preferred. Laboratory experience is desired as it will be necessary for the Fellow to participate hands-on in the laboratory and on the production floor.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is the worldwide home of both the technology center and the production facility for FlexEnergy. This is a 56,000 sq. ft. facility comprised of offices, laboratory test facilities for development and testing of microturbines, and production facilities. Turbines are built and shipped both nationally and internationally from this location. The site includes a state-of-the-art turbine test facility capable of running up to 1MW of synchronous generation with the utility grid. The facility also includes a state-of-the-art fuel mixing facility that enables testing of turbines with a wide range of gaseous fuel heating values and densities.
Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 9 technical divisions.