MTU Onsite Energy Series 1600 Generator Set Receives Gold Award in 2010 Product of the Year Competition

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Consulting Specifying Engineer magazine staff invited professional engineers from around the country to participate in the annual evaluation of the best products released during 2009.

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The new MTU Onsite Energy Series 1600 diesel powered generator-set covers the power range of 250 kW to 600 kW and features MTU's newest engine, the MTU Series 1600 diesel engine.

MTU Onsite Energy, a Tognum Group subsidiary, has received a Gold Award in the sixth annual Product of the Year competition for its diesel-powered generator set based on the all-new MTU Series 1600 engine. Sponsored by Consulting Specifying Engineer magazine, the award recognizes the best products introduced in 2009, according to votes cast by professional engineers in 10 categories.

The new MTU Onsite Energy Series 1600 generator set covers the range of 250 kW to 600 kW and features MTU’s newest engine, the MTU Series 1600 diesel engine. Currently available in 12V, 10V and 6-cylinder inline configurations, the Series 1600 engine extends MTU Onsite Energy’s proprietary power range from 250 kW up to 3,250 kW. MTU engine hallmarks include exceptional reliability, high power density and fuel efficiency.

The EPA certified gensets offer ISO 8528-5 compliance at 85% load, NFPA 110 one-step rated load acceptance and UL-recognized digital control panels. The unit’s outlet box has been designed to incorporate the breaker and control panels in one streamlined package.

“This configuration of the Series 1600 engine was designed by MTU exclusively for gen-drive applications,” says Steve Hanek, Industrial Sales Manager for MTU Onsite Energy. ”Emergency standby performance and load acceptance characteristics were top priorities from engine conception to generator-set production, which shows in the product’s performance and in its recognition as one of the top products in its category for 2009.”

MTU Onsite Energy also received a Product of the Year Award in 2008 for its 3,250 kW generator set, which features the 20V configuration of MTU’s Series 4000 engine and was the first 1800-rpm unit of its kind in North America.

The Product of the Year Awards were established to present Consulting Specifying Engineer readers with the top new products in the major M/E/P engineering system disciplines the professional trade magazine regularly covers: HVAC, building automation and controls, plumbing, fire protection, communications, electrical, power generation, test instruments, software and lighting.

MTU Onsite Energy Corporation

MTU Onsite Energy Corp. (formerly Katolight Corporation) is a leading producer of diesel-powered generator sets from 30 to 3,250 kW and natural gas-powered generator sets from 20 to 400 kW for standby, prime power and cogeneration applications. The company also provides automatic transfer switches, paralleling switchgear, controls and accessories for complete power system solutions. Based in Mankato, Minnesota, MTU Onsite Energy Corp. combines the expertise of Katolight and MTU Detroit Diesel Power Generation under one brand to meet the ever-increasing distributed power needs of customers in North America and around the world. MTU Onsite Energy Corp. is part of the Tognum Group’s business unit, Onsite Energy and Components. For more information, visit


With its two business units, Engines and Onsite Energy & Components, the Tognum Group is one of the world’s leading suppliers of engines, propulsion systems and distributed energy systems. These products are based on diesel engines with up to 9,100 kilowatts (kW) power output, gas engines up to 2,150 kW, stationary fuel cells up to 345 kW and gas turbines up to 45,000 kW.

The product portfolio of the Engines business unit comprises MTU engines and propulsion systems for ships, for heavy land, rail and defense vehicles and for the oil and gas industry. The portfolio of the Onsite Energy & Components business unit includes distributed energy systems of the brand MTU Onsite Energy and fuel-injection systems from L’Orange. The energy systems comprise diesel engines for emergency standby power, prime power and continuous power, as well as cogeneration power plants based on gas engines, fuel cells and gas turbines that generate both power and heat.

In 2009, Tognum generated revenue of €2.5 billion and employs more than 8,700 people. Tognum has a global manufacturing, distribution and service structure with 25 fully consolidated companies, more than 140 sales partners and over 500 authorized dealerships at approximately 1,200 locations. The shares of Tognum AG have been stock-exchange listed since 2007 and are included in the MDAX


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