Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Selected to Receive Three Cost-Sharing Contract Awards Totaling More Than $5 million from U.S.

  Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Selected to Receive Three Cost-Sharing Contract
     Awards Totaling More Than $5 million from U.S. Department of Energy

PR Newswire

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Dec. 3, 2012

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of
Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) has selected Pratt &
Whitney Rocketdyne to receive a total of more than $5 million for three
cost-sharing projects designed to improve the efficiency and reduce the cost
of gas turbines in commercial-scale power plants. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.

"We are especially grateful to be one of few organizations selected by ARPA-E
for multiple awards under this single and highly competitive solicitation,"
said Neeta Patel, director, Energy Systems, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.
"We're very pleased ARPA-E recognized the unique talents we offer to help meet
U.S. energy needs, accelerate innovation in more efficient clean-energy
technologies, and reduce the environmental impact on our natural resources."

The first project, Turbo-POx For Ultra Low-Cost Gasoline, is designed to
improve the production of liquid fuels from natural gas. Pratt & Whitney
Rocketdyne will focus on burning natural gas more efficiently in a
high-temperature, high-pressure partial oxidation gas turbine. This
technology, when combined with downstream gas-to-liquid processes, can produce
gasoline derived from domestic natural gas, rather than from foreign crude
oil, reducing the cost of gas-to-liquid technology by as much as 25 percent.
It can also generate electricity from heat released in the process.

For the second project, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne will design and build
continuous detonation combustors and test them in a simulated gas turbine
environment to establish the feasibility of incorporating the technology into
natural gas-fueled gas turbine electric power generators. The Continuous
Detonation Engine Combustor for Natural Gas Turbine technology is expected to
save commercial-scale power plants $5 million annually in operating expenses
per turbine.

For the third project, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne will develop an advanced gas
turbine cycle designed to offer unmatched efficiency by using pure oxygen
instead of air to burn fuel, creating extremely high temperatures. To prevent
melting, the system would use Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's expertise in liquid
rocket engines to develop advanced cooling technology. This cycle will
produce zero emissions and has the potential to reduce the amount of fuel used
to power natural gas turbines by as much as 50 percent. It also has the
potential to more than double power plant efficiencies to 75 percent, and
lower the cost of electricity by about 60 percent

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a part of Pratt & Whitney, is a preferred provider
of high-value propulsion, power, energy and innovative system solutions used
in a wide variety of government and commercial applications, including engines
for launch vehicles, missile defense systems and advanced hypersonic engines.
Behind its successful designs, manufacturing processes, and hardware are Pratt
& Whitney Rocketdyne's research and development engineers, who solve tough
problems in extreme environments. For more information, go to Follow us at and

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of
aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United
Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing
high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial
building industries.

SOURCE Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne

Contact: Erin Dick, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, +1-818-586-4977,, Carri Karuhn, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne,
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