About us

Turboden, a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries group company, is an Italian firm and a global leader in the design, manufacture and maintenance of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) systems, highly suitable for distributed generation, that generate electric and thermal power exploiting multiple sources, such as renewables (biomass, geothermal energy, solar energy), traditional fuels and waste heat from industrial processes, waste incinerators, engines or gas turbines. The company was founded in 1980 in Milan by Mario Gaia, Professor of Energy at the Politecnico di Milano and today Honorary Chairman of Turboden. In 2013 Turboden became part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries group that strongly supports Turboden in the development of innovative solutions.


Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd (MHI) is one of the core companies of the Mitsubishi Group, now recognised as the largest Japanese conglomerate company, supplying more than 700 products. MHI's products span from commodity equipment, such as machinery and equipment, to transportation systems, integrated defence and space system. Beyond 130 years of history and technologies on land, sea, air, and space, MHI's product contribute to make the society better.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was founded in 1884, a year of great change for Japan. Beginning in the maritime transport business, Mitsubishi expanded into areas such as shipbuilding, mining, and banking. The company was formed to support Japan on its path to becoming a modern state. Mitsubishi combined its shipbuilding and aircraft departments to set up Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The company moved into new industrial fields covering sea, land and air. MHI achieved major successes and aggressively expanded into new businesses in fields ranging from energy to the environment and space. Its contributions in trade and innovation help the global economy grow.

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As prof. Mario Gaia has always liked to sketch his ideas on paper, one day he stylized a turbine that reminded so much the sail of an Oriental junk that he thought it couldn't be a coincidence. From that moment the turbine that reminds the Oriental junk is the mascot of the company. The traditional Oriental junk sail has a unique design, developed over the centuries, which is easy to use, so that a crew of few sailors can run a large ship; efficient, getting the most even from light winds; safe, the sail can be reduced quickly in case of strong winds, even by a single person. 
Its combined features well represent the aim of Turboden in creating efficient, safe, user-friendly as well as environmentally friendly products, as the payoff "clean energy ahead" remarks.