Rolls-Royce MT30 powered turbine generator set achieves full power operation

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Walpole, MA – Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has achieved full power operation of its first production MT30 powered main turbine generator set delivered to the US Navy.  The MT30, delivered to the US Navy for the DDG-1000, USS Zumwalt program, achieved full power operation at 36 MW during testing at the US Navy's land based test site in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The selection by the US Navy for the DDG-1000 program marks the first large gas turbine engine ordered by the US Navy for use in a generator set providing electrical power for propulsion and on-board systems throughout the ship.

Andrew Marsh, Rolls-Royce, President - Naval said: "The Zumwalt class destroyer is a highly-advanced vessel, with demanding performance requirements. The MT30 is the world's most powerful marine gas turbine and achieving this important milestone is further proof of its ability to deliver the high-power demands of the latest naval ship designs."

The MT30 has been developed to meet the growing demand by navies for higher power gas turbines in the 34-40MW range and it can be configured for mechanical or generator drive. The MT30 achieves a high power density by delivering high output in a compact space, a key factor in naval propulsion systems.

Lockheed Martin has also selected the MT30 for the Littoral Combat Ship program, with the first ship-of-class, the USS Freedom, bearing two MT30s as part of the combined diesel and gas turbine configuration powering Rolls-Royce waterjets. The MT30 has additionally been selected for the UK Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier class, the Queen Elizabeth which, like the Zumwalt, will benefit from integrated all-electric propulsion.

  1. Providing power from 3MW to 36MW, Rolls-Royce has one of the broadest ranges of marine gas turbines available in the world. Rolls-Royce has delivered more different engine models to more different navies of the world than any engine manufacturer.
  2. Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy.
  3. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce today has a broad customer base comprising more than 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,500 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment, and to further developing employee skills.
  5. In 2009, Rolls-Royce invested £864 million (~$1.4 billion) on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products, in particular the reduction of emissions.
  6. Annual underlying revenues were £10.1 billion (~$16.7 billion) in 2009, of which about half came from services revenues.  The firm and announced order book stood at £58.4 billion (~$96.4 billion) at June 30, 2010, providing visibility of future levels of activity.

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