PRESS RELEASE: FTT Named Partner on $500k Advanced Manufacturing Grant

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CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – May 11, 2015: Energy Florida is pleased to announce that it has been chosen to receive a $499,956 Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortium (AMTech) planning grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to fund the development of the Consortium for Advanced Production and Engineering of Gas Turbines and Rotating Machinery (CAPE). The CAPE project will roadmap and outline standards for new industrial materials, accelerating the introduction of innovative new materials into the design and manufacturing process for turbines and rotating machinery.

The NIST AMTech Program provides funding to industry-driven consortia that develop advanced technologies to address major technological and related barriers that inhibit the growth of advanced manufacturing in the U.S. and the global competitiveness of U.S. companies. The gas turbine manufacturing industry is a key area of strength for the U.S. manufacturing sector, with over $16 billion in annual sales. However, in order for the U.S. turbine industry to remain globally competitive, a new class of materials must be developed and produced to meet the needs of the next generation of turbine designs. The CAPE material roadmapping effort will provide a platform for the U.S. turbine industry to collaborate on this common challenge, and build the foundation for the future growth and development of the industry.

The CAPE effort will be managed by Energy Florida, in partnership with the Gas Turbine Association, the national association for the gas turbine manufacturing industry, and Florida Turbine Technologies (FTT), a leading turbine engineering firm based in Jupiter, Florida. The CAPE will engage with a nationwide consortium of partners including the major turbine equipment manufacturers, small and mid-sized suppliers, and technology firms that support Florida’s aerospace industry along with universities from across the country.

The project was selected through a highly competitive process – the CAPE materials standards roadmap was one of 16 projects nationwide funded out of 118 applicants.

Mike Aller, Executive Director and CEO of Energy Florida, said, “We are grateful and thankful to NIST for this recognition of the importance of this effort, and the need to develop consistent standards for the next generation of turbine materials. Everyone is talking about and working on new manufacturing techniques, but all of these materials and processes must be evaluated and certified or they will never be adopted on the factory floor. We look forward to working with NIST, the Gas Turbine Association, Florida Turbine Technologies and all of our industry and academic partners around the country to construct a strong foundation for the future growth of America’s turbine industry.”

The CAPE project builds on the strengths of Florida’s well-established, broad and deep industry cluster in turbine and rotating machinery design, engineering and manufacturing. Florida’s turbine industry employs tens of thousands of engineers and technicians across the state and generates billions in economic activity each year. The state of Florida is home to many major turbine companies, and exports more than $2.5 billion worth of turbine equipment and components each year.

Shirley Brostmeyer, President and CEO of Florida Turbine Technologies (FTT) said, “The CAPE initiative connects the world-class turbine design, engineering and manufacturing expertise in Florida at firms such as FTT with a national network of partners and collaborators that will address critical issues for the future of our industry. Florida Turbine Technologies is proud to be an integral part of this effort, and we look forward to the opportunity to fulfill our company’s ongoing commitment to ‘Providing Innovations That WorkTM’.”

The project will also enable the partners to leverage Florida’s strong aerospace and aviation manufacturing sector, including the resources of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida’s defense contractor manufacturing community, and research universities to support national goals and objectives in advanced manufacturing. “The talent, skill and creativity of Florida’s aerospace industry employees is unique and impressive,” said U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL). “The decision to base this project in Florida is a testament to what they have to offer.”

U.S. Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), whose district encompasses Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center, said: “Congratulations to Energy Florida and to its partners for the grant award. I am gratified the team harnessed the resources of the Space Coast, the NASA Kennedy Space Center and its contractors.

The CAPE project results will be shared with other key industrial sectors, including aviation and aerospace, leading to expanded use of new materials, applications, and processes across a broad swath of the U.S. manufacturing industry and reducing timelines for the development of innovative technologies. It will create a pipeline of solutions for one of America’s core manufacturing strengths: gas turbine and rotating machine technologies.

Additional Resources:

An overview of the Consortium for Advanced Production and Engineering of Gas Turbines (CAPE) project, and information on the initial partners and collaborators in the effort is available at the following link: http://www.nist.gov/amo/70nanb15h069.cfm

General information about the NIST AMTech program is available at the AMTech program website: http://www.nist.gov/amo/, and additional background on the 2014 NIST AMTech planning grant competition, including a list of funded awards across the country, is available at: http://www.nist.gov/amo/fundedawards.cfm

About Energy Florida:

Energy Florida is an industry-led 501c(3) non-profit association that is dedicated to driving energy-related economic development across the state of Florida, the Southeastern US and the “near abroad” (Latin America and the Caribbean). Energy Florida is focused on building programs and opportunities in specific segments of Florida’s energy industry, including: advanced materials and processes for power generation equipment; bio-based products and fuels; energy efficiency financing solutions; and next-generation transportation solutions. Through these industry-specific programs and connections to the unique resources and capabilities of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, local aerospace and defense contractors and other regional assets, Energy Florida is helping to build a new and sustainable foundation for Florida’s economic future. For more information, please visit www.energyflorida.org or contact Energy Florida at (321) 613-2973.

About Florida Turbine Technologies:

Florida Turbine Technologies (FTT) is a woman-owned small business that specializes in turbomachinery, propulsion components, systems and engineering for aircraft, space, industrial power, and clean energy. With headquarters in Jupiter, Florida, FTT is a growing supplier with offices in Germany, England, and Puerto Rico. FTT developed the world’s first miniature turbofan for small aircraft requiring high fuel efficiency combined with power. FTT’s product lines include turbomachinery design and analysis, advanced product development, validation and support, field services, demonstrator and rig design, component manufacturing, instrumentation and assembly, small turbine engines for UAVs and munitions, space turbopumps, and turbine packages for clean distributed power. For more information, please visit www.fttinc.com or contact FTT at 561-427-6401.