Lonawala/Pune: In a remarkable achievement, Commander MSN Murthy, an Indian Navy officer stationed at INS Shivaji in Lonavala, has secured a patent for his innovative design of a Part Electric Gas Turbine (PEGT). This groundbreaking concept offers high power density, exceptional efficiency, and off-design characteristics, along with Air Independent Propulsion for naval vessels. The PEGT, based on an open architecture-based heat engine, streamlines the design and development process, reducing iterations.
The successful patent grant acknowledges the significant contribution of Cdr MSN Murthy in advancing indigenous technological capabilities in the field of gas turbine design. The innovative PEGT design holds immense promise for the Indian Navy, as it brings together enhanced power generation capabilities, improved efficiency, and the ability to operate independently of external air supply.
Currently, a prototype of the PEGT is being developed at the Centre of Excellence located at INS Shivaji. The next phase will involve rigorous field trials to evaluate its performance and validate its operational viability. These trials will pave the way for the production of the indigenous heat engine in the country, marking a significant milestone in India’s quest for self-reliance in advanced naval propulsion systems.
The development of indigenous technologies such as the PEGT holds strategic importance for the Indian Navy as it reduces dependency on foreign suppliers and strengthens the nation’s defense capabilities. With the patent approval, Cdr MSN Murthy’s innovation is set to make a substantial impact on the Indian Navy’s future fleet operations, enabling enhanced operational efficiency and performance.
The Indian Navy has been actively promoting research and development initiatives to harness indigenous technological advancements in the defense sector. This patent grant is a testament to the navy’s commitment to fostering innovation within its ranks and nurturing a culture of indigenous development.
The INS Shivaji, situated in Lonavala, has emerged as a prominent center for research, development, and training in naval engineering. With its state-of-the-art facilities and expertise, the institute continues to contribute significantly to the Indian Navy’s technological capabilities.
The patent for the PEGT design not only recognizes the ingenuity of Cdr MSN Murthy but also highlights the dedication and commitment of the Indian Navy in fostering innovation and indigenous technological advancements. The successful development and implementation of the PEGT will not only strengthen the nation’s defense capabilities but also serve as a testament to the exceptional talent and capabilities of Indian scientists and engineers.