Over Six Decades of Proven Innovations

MTI has demonstrated time and time again, that forming partnerships and generating innovation is part of its DNA.   With over six decades of development and spinning off technological breakthroughs including gas-lubricated bearings, sensors, compressors, steam turbines, high-efficiency engines and fuel cells for industrial equipment and hand-held devices.

Mechanical Technology, Inc. (MTI) was founded in 1961 as a developer and manufacturer of energy efficient rotating machinery and instrumentation. Led by Harry Apkarian and Beno Sternlicht, two former General Electric engineers, the company quickly established itself as a leader in innovative technology. By the late 60s, there were 200 ongoing R&D programs at MTI. In the five decades that followed, the company would be known worldwide for its line of high-efficiency energy-conserving turbines; advanced co-generation, power and heat systems; the revolutionary Stirling Cycle engine; pioneering energy conversion machinery, balancing systems and breakthroughs in fuel cell technology.Today, (MTI) is engaged in the design, manufacture, and sale of test and measurement instruments and systems through its subsidiary MTI Instruments Inc. MTI Instrument’s products use a comprehensive array of technologies to solve complex problems in numerous industries, including manufacturing, electronics, semiconductor, solar, aviation, automotive and data storage.

“Our establishment of the EcoChain subsidiary and our partnership with Soluna mark an exciting return to our long history of renewable energy-related innovations, and our entry into the next big thing – blockchain computing”

Tom Marusak

MTI Board Member

MTI Energy Innovations

Stirling Engine

$100 million dollar collaboration with Ford Motor Company to offer an engine with exceedingly high efficiency and the ability to use a variety of energy sources including solar, nuclear, solid, liquid and gaseous fuels.

Fuel Cell Technology

Currently a worldwide leader in hydrogen and fuel cell technology, Plug Power was a spinoff from MTI which started as a joint venture with Detroit Edison Electric Company to develop advanced fuel cell systems for residential and distributed energy applications.


MTI collaborated with Carrier Corporation to pioneer the development of a line of high-efficiency, energy-conserving steam turbines and launched breakthrough radial-Inflow steam turbines.

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