Tognum Expands Gen-Set Business
Tognum has announced the introduction of a new family of generator sets under its MTU Onsite Energy brand. The generator sets cover a power range from 270 to 3250 kW and are based on MTU Series 1600, Series 2000 and Series 4000 diesel engines. “Tognum intends to use the strategic growth of its generator set business and expand its potential in the end-user sector in the medium term,” said Christof von Branconi, Tognum executive board member responsible for the business unit Onsite Energy & Components.

“In addition to increasing added value in production, Tognum will also be enhancing its service business with end users.” The new product family consists of engine, generator, cooling plant, plant control system and frame. A wide range of supplementary units such as soundproofing
hoods, radiators and electric circuit breakers is also available to complement the basic sub-assemblies so that the customer can customize individual generator sets created from these
components. The modular concept also means an economic solution and shorter lead times, another benefit for the customer.

MTU Onsite Energy generator set powered by an MTU Series 4000 diesel engine
MTU Onsite Energy generator set powered by an MTU Series 4000 diesel engine

These generator sets are typically used for applications in data centers, hospitals, hotels, offices and airports, where reliable emergency standby power is essential. The units can also be applied for base and peak load power generation. The major markets for this product offering are Latin America and Africa as well as the Middle East and Far East.

The generator sets are currently produced in Mankato, Minnesota, U.S.A., with future production also scheduled for Magdeburg, Germany, and Suzhou, China. In 2007, Tognum acquired U.S.-based Katolight Corp. in order to expand Tognum’s existing generator set
business. The Tognum subsidiary, which was renamed MTU Onsite Energy Corp. in 2008, has an established sales network and a long history of manufacturing experience in North America.

Since acquiring the company, Tognum has optimized the product portfolio and the production processes and has developed a modular product program. In the future, MTU On site Energy’s
diesel-based sales program will range from individual diesel engines for power generation through to modularized generator sets and special-purpose applications such as project systems involving emergency sets for nuclear power plants.

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