Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Gas Engine News

HiMSEN H35/40GV Engine Test: Photo credit HHI

Hyundai Starts Export of LNG Fueled Engines

The new gas engine runs on liquefied natural gas rather than heavy crude oil and has a maximum power output of 13,000 bhp. The HiMSEN H35/40GV can be used to generate power for onshore power plants, commercial ships, and offshore facilities including drillships. The new engine emits 20% less carbon dioxide than diesel engines, reduces NOx emissions by 97% to reach world’s lowest level of 50 ppm, and improves engine performance by 47%. The Ulsan, South Korea-based company will export the engine to an onshore gas-powered power plant in the Middle East after final paint and packing work. Mr.

MTU’s new gas engine on the test bench (Photo: Rolls-Royce Power Systems)

Rolls-Royce Unveils MTU Gas Marine Engine

MTU’s new gas engine for commercial marine applications – the first from Rolls-Royce – has undergone some 3,000 hours on the test bench and is now ready to enter series production as the first high-speed pure-gas marine engine. “We can now confirm that the engine meets both our requirements and those of our customers: its performance and its acceleration behavior are similar to the excellent characteristics of a diesel engine,” said Dr. Ulrich Dohle, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG.

L30KG marine engine: Image Kawasaki

First Japan-Built Marine Gas Engine DNV Approved

Kawasaki Heavy Industries says that its gas engine L30KG, a main engine for large vessels fueled solely by gas with an output capacity of over 2 MW,  has become the first Japanese-made gas engine to obtain type approval by classification society DNV. Kawasaki has already started marketing the new engine and says it will also complete steps to obtain type approval for the control system. Prior to the development of this marine gas engine, Kawasaki had launched a gas engine developed for the distributed power generation market…

Image: Multi Maritime

Rolls-Royce Bags 15 Engine Order in Norway

Rolls-Royce said it has signed a deal to supply 15 gas engines to Norwegian Ferry Company, Torghatten Nord AS. The engines will power five Multi Maritime designed LNG ferries operating between Bergen and Stord. Kjell Harloff, Rolls-Royce, Vice President, Engines – Marine, said, “Since the introduction of our first marine gas engines 10 years ago, Rolls-Royce has delivered more than 700 gas engines on land and at sea accumulating over 25 million running hours of operating experience. All 15 engines are C26:33L9AGs, a generating set with nine cylinders in-line.

From left: Stefan Ballier, senior manager of ferry operations at the Constance utility; Dr. Norbert Reuter, head of the city of Constance utility company; Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems; and Matthias Vogel, Vice President Sales at Rolls-Royce Power Systems. (Photo: Rolls-Royce Power Systems)

Lake Constance Ferry to Test MTU Gas Engine

From 2019, Rolls-Royce Power Systems and the City of Constance public utility are to begin testing the marine propulsion technology of the future on Lake Constance. This takes the form of a gas engine carrying the MTU brand. The public utility's new car ferry is to be equipped with twin eight-cylinder Series 4000 gas engines from MTU, each delivering 746 kW. This makes it the first inland waterway passenger vessel in Europe to be propelled by straightforward high-speed gas engines. The fuel will be liquefied natural gas.

The engine portfolio of Bergen Engines comprises medium-speed units for ships and generator sets. Pictured: Diesel engine type C25:33L6A with 2,000kW power output.

Bergen Engines Becomes New Tognum Subsidiary

As of today, July 1, Norwegian engine manufacturer Bergen Engines AS becomes part of the Tognum Group. Following the acquisition of Tognum AG by the joint venture of Rolls-Royce plc. and Daimler AG, the former Rolls-Royce subsidiary Bergen Engines was merged into the Tognum Group. With that Tognum, the propulsion and power solution specialist, adds medium-speed diesel and gas engines with power outputs up to 10 MW to its engine portfolio. Tognum supplies high-speed diesel and gas engines carrying the MTU brand with power ranges of 75 to 10,000kW and 100-2,150kW respectively.

Photo: MHI

MHI to License KU Gas Engine Technologies to ZGPT of China

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) concluded an agreement with ZGPT Diesel Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZGPT), a Chinese manufacturer of stationary and marine engines, under which MHI will license its KU gas engine technologies to ZGPT. The move is targeted in the near term at seeking further penetration of the KU gas engines in the Chinese market as that market continues to mark robust growth, and beyond the near term at entering the local market for gas-fired distributed power generation system, a niche that is expected to greet sharp expansion in demand going forward.

Wärtsilä 50DF engine

Wärtsilä's Gas Engine Technology Enhanced

Wärtsilä has now sold more than 2000 of its gas fuelled engines, which together have accumulated more than 7 million operational running hours in both land-based and marine applications. These milestone achievements emphasise the global position that Wärtsilä has achieved in gas and dual-fuel (DF) engine technology. "Wärtsilä's gas and dual-fuel engine technology can be used in all vessel types, and installed both in newbuilds and as conversion projects in existing ships. With…

Rolls-Royce to Power New Cruise Ferries

Rolls-Royce signed a contract with ship owner Fjord Line A/S to install LNG based power and propulsion systems in two cruise ferries being built at the Bergen Group Fosen AS yard in Norway. Each vessel will be equipped with four gas engines, powering a highly efficient Promas integrated rudder and propeller propulsion system. The gas-only fuelled engines will reduce Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions by about 90 percent while Sulphur Oxide (SOx) and particulates emissions will be negligible.

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce LNG Engines Reach 25 Million Operating Hours

Rolls-Royce engines powered solely by liquefied natural gas (LNG) have completed 25 million hours of operation on land and at sea, since their introduction in 1991. More than 650 Bergen lean burn gas engines are in service today, with a power output up to 9,600kW. The engines are used for a variety of applications ranging from powering ferries, cargo ships and tugs to a wide range of land-based power generation throughout the world. Dr. Mikael Makinen, Rolls-Royce President Marine, added, “Achieving 25 million running hours in almost 25 years is something we’re extremely proud of.

Wärtsilä Tests New Two-Stroke Dual-Fuel Gas Engine

Wärtsilä has tested its new low-speed gas engine technology in trials conducted at the company's facilities in Trieste, Italy. The tests were carried out on September 19 in conjunction with Wärtsilä's Licensees Conference in Trieste. Wärtsilä successfully demonstrated that the engine performance fully complies with the upcoming IMO Tier III nitrogen oxide (NOx) limits, thereby setting a new benchmark for low-speed engines running on gas. The new RTX5 2-stroke test engine is part of Wärtsilä's 2-stroke dual-fuel gas engine technology development programme.

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Spain's First Pure-Gas Marine Engine

Rolls-Royce has signed a collaboration agreement with Spanish energy company Gas Natural Fenosa to develop and install a pure-gas Bergen engine aboard the Baleària-operated ferry Abel Matutes. According to Rolls-Royce , the contract gives the company its first reference for a pure-gas engine installation on a European-flagged ferry operating outside of Norwegian waters. The 29,670 metric ton ROPAX ferry, delivered in 2010 from the Hijos de J Barreras shipyard in Vigo, Spain, will use an LNG-fuelled Rolls-Royce Bergen C26:33 L6 AG auxiliary engine to generate 1…

Installed C-class Engine: Photo credit Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce Marine Gas Engine EPA Approved

Rolls-Royce announce the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved its C-class engine for sale in the U.S. market. The C-class is a state-of-the art marine gas engine designed to improve fuel efficiency, dramatically cut harmful methane emissions and meet strict international environmental standards set to take effect in 2016. The EPA Certificate of Conformity is issued for the C-engine range from Rolls-Royce. These engines are already in operation on car ferries and coastal ferries in Europe…

Rolls-Royce Delivering First Gas Power System for Tugs

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has signed a contract to deliver highly efficient engines and propulsion systems for the world’s first Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) powered tugs. The two vessels have been ordered by Norwegian company Buksér og Berging AS and will enter service in late 2013 for Statoil, the international energy company, and Gassco, the operator of the gas transportation network off the Norwegian coast. Robert Løseth, Rolls-Royce, Senior VP - Merchant…

Image: NSK Ship Design

Norwegian Fish Food Carrier to Run on LNG

Rolls-Royce has signed a $6.5 million contract with Tersan Shipyard in Turkey to supply a liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion package for a cargo carrier designed by NSK Ship Design for Norwegian ship owner NSK Shipping. The vessel will deliver fish food on behalf of BioMar Group. The new cargo carrier will be a slightly larger sister ship to NSK Shipping’s MS Høydal which was the world’s first LNG powered cargo vessel and which was delivered from Tersan Shipyard in 2012. Both ships are designed by NSK Ship Design.

German Minister of Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel (in the middle) visited Rolls-Royce Power Systems in Friedrichshafen to hear about the Green and High-Tech programme. Taking the example of the new mobile gas engine CEO Andreas Schell (left) and Marcus A. Wassenberg (right) explained the environmentally-friendly propulsions systems of the company.  (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Germany's Gabriel Visits Rolls-Royce Power Systems

On a visit to Lake Constance, German Minister of Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel visited Rolls-Royce Power Systems in Friedrichshafen on Monday, August 14, to hear about development and production of the latest propulsion and drive systems. “The Green and High-Tech program at Royce Power Systems opens up further prospects for German industry. The company has thus launched an initiative that I gladly support,” said Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on his tour through the plant. CEO Andreas Schell and CFO Marcus A.

MAN 35/44G Makes Successful Début

MAN Diesel & Turbo recently showcased its new range of gas engines and turbines at its Augsburg facility with the company’s 35/44G engine, the latest addition to its four-stroke power portfolio, featuring prominently. The newly developed Otto gas engine has an electrical efficiency of 47.2%, and is available for Combined Heat & Power (CHP) and/or jointly with an MAN steam turbine of the MARC series – in a combined cycle mode reaching high total plant efficiencies with low emissions.

Major Conference Marks Helios Final Phase

A major international conference on November 27 in Copenhagen marked the final phase of the EU-funded Helios project. Helios is a cooperation research project within the EU´s seventh Framework Program for Research and Technical Development/Transportation with MAN Diesel & Turbo acting as coordinating partner. The general objective of the project is to develop a research platform for an electronically controlled, two-stroke, low-speed, marine diesel engine that operates on the principle of the direct injection of HP Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to meet the needs of the emerging LNG market.