Hyliion begins Additive Manufacturing of KARNO generator components at its Texas facility

June 13, 2024

The KARNO generator is capable of operating on over twenty different fuels, including hydrogen, natural gas, propane, ammonia and conventional fuels (Courtesy Hyliion)
The KARNO generator is capable of operating on over twenty different fuels, including hydrogen, natural gas, propane, ammonia and conventional fuels (Courtesy Hyliion)

Hyliion, a developer of sustainable electricity-producing technology, has begun Additive Manufacturing parts for its KARNO generator at the company’s headquarters in Austin, Texas, USA. Hyliion installed its first GE XLine Additive Manufacturing machine in April to manufacture aluminium parts, announcing plans to add more AM machines once production was established.

Between Hyliion’s headquarters and its R&D facility in Milford, Ohio, the company currently owns over a dozen Additive Manufacturing machines. The new additions to the manufacturing capabilities will include Colibrium Additive (formerly GE Additive) M Line machines.

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“Initiating additive production in Austin greatly enhances our manufacturing capacity as we gear up to deliver our first KARNO units to customers this year,” commented Thomas Healy, founder and CEO of Hyliion. “By leveraging Additive Manufacturing, we can produce complex components while also scaling production economically for the KARNO generator.”

The precision and innovation enabled through this advanced Additive Manufacturing process is anticipated to significantly enhance the KARNO generator’s efficiency. Additive Manufacturing allows for enhanced design flexibility, reduced material waste, and robust durability.

The initial parts manufactured in Austin were aluminium cooling jackets used in the KARNO generator to remove the heat generated by the linear electric machine. In the coming months, the company will start producing additional components for the generator in Austin, scaling up production alongside its existing facility in Ohio.

The first KARNO generators are expected to be delivered to early adopter customers in the second half of 2024. These initial deployments look to provide valuable real-world data and feedback, further refining the technology.


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