Wärtsilä, Man Diesel Continue Research

press release
Friday, February 10, 2012

Wärtsilä and MAN Diesel & Turbo enter next phase of HERCULES research project.


World-leading low- and medium-speed engine manufacturers, Wärtsilä and MAN Diesel & Turbo, announce the kick off of the next phase of the extensive, long-term HERCULES research programme. The overall vision of the programme is to achieve sustainable and safe energy production from marine power plants. This next phase is made possible by funding from the European Commission. Phase III of the HERCULES programme, HERCULES-C, aims at integrating several successful technologies in order to reduce emissions and optimise the efficiency and long-term reliability of marine engines. HERCULES-C is planned to run for three years, from 2012 to 2014, with a budget of EUR 17 million. This brings the total HERCULES research programme budget, which includes the earlier HERCULES-A and HERCULES-B projects, to EUR 76 million.
 

Objectives of HERCULES-C Phase III project:
 

The first objective of the present HERCULES-C project is to achieve further substantial reductions in fuel consumption, while at the same time optimising power production and usage. This will be achieved through advanced engine developments in combustion and fuel injection, as well as through improvements in ship energy management, and the use of engine technologies supporting transport mission management.


The second objective is to maintain the performance of engines throughout their operational lifetime. This involves advanced materials and tribology developments to improve efficiency and reliability, as well as sensors, and monitoring and measurement technologies to improve the controllability and availability of marine power plants.
 

The third specific objective of HERCULES-C is to achieve near-zero emissions by integrating the various technologies developed in the previous collaborative research efforts.
Increased efficiency and reliability, reduced fuel consumption and emissions
 

Wärtsilä and MAN Diesel & Turbo together cover about 90% of the world’s marine engine market. These two major partner groups have been collaborating in the HERCULES programme since it was conceived in 2002 to develop new technologies to increase marine engine efficiency. In so doing, fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, as well as gaseous and particulate emissions can be reduced, while engine reliability will be increased.
 

Visit HERCULES websites:
 

• HERCULES-A (Phase I) 2004-2007 at www.ip-hercules.com
• HERCULES-B (Phase II) 2008-2011 at
www.hercules-b.com
• HERCULES-C (Phase III) 2012-2014 at
www.hercules-c.com

For further information please contact:
 

Prof.Nikolaos P. Kyrtatos HERCULES Coordinator npk.hc@lme.ntua.gr
Mr Ilari Kallio General Manager, New Technologies & Innovation Wärtsilä Finland Oy ilari.kallio@wartsila.com
Prof. Dr. Gunnar Stiesch Vice President, Advanced Engineering Four-Stroke MAN Diesel & Turbo SE gunnar.Stiesch@man.eu
 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter May 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

PALFINGER Plans to Acquire Harding Group

The PALFINGER Group announced it intends to acquire 100 percent of the shares in Herkules Harding Holding AS and thus, the globally operating Harding Group, suppliers

Winners of Ferry Design Contest Selected

Winners of International Student Design Competition for a Safe Affordable Ferry to be revealed at the Ferry Safety and Technology Conference   Dr. Roberta Weisbrod,

Maritime Consolidation: Palfinger Aims to Acquire Harding

As maritime markets continue to struggle, merger and acquisition activity should heat up. Today, Austria's Palfinger Group announced that it intends to acquire

Environmental

Design Concept: Zero Emissions Cargo Ship

The designs for a multi access zero emissions cargo ship will be unveiled at the 5th Natural Propulsion Seminar in Wageningen, Netherlands, on Tuesday, May 24. The

First Cruise Company Fined under Australia’s New Fuel Rules

Australia’s NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Carnival PLC $15,000 after one of its P&O Cruises ships, the Pacific Jewel, breached new low sulfur fuel regulations in Sydney Harbour.

HUMMEL LNG Hybrid Barge Begins Second Season

For over one year the HUMMEL has been contributing to improved air quality at the port of Hamburg. Becker Marine Systems’ LNG Hybrid Barge will also be supplying

Education/Training

Crowley Awards Scholarships to Four Mass. Maritime Students

Four students from Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) have been awarded Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships.   Chosen based on their academic achievement,

Automated Skill Erosion

The increasing automation of vessels is causing some mariners to lose basic maritime skills.   Cruise ship Royal Majesty Grounding During dinner on June 10, 1995,

Engine Room Resource Management Class

SUNY Maritime College’s Department of Professional Education and Training (PET) is offering a five-day engine room resource management course, with the first round of sessions starting June 6.

Fuels & Lubes

ABB Saves 700,000 tons Fuel for Marine Vessels

ABB’s environmental friendly Azipod propulsion system brings greater fuel efficiency to diverse shipping segments ABB today announced the total fuel savings

First Cruise Company Fined under Australia’s New Fuel Rules

Australia’s NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Carnival PLC $15,000 after one of its P&O Cruises ships, the Pacific Jewel, breached new low sulfur fuel regulations in Sydney Harbour.

HUMMEL LNG Hybrid Barge Begins Second Season

For over one year the HUMMEL has been contributing to improved air quality at the port of Hamburg. Becker Marine Systems’ LNG Hybrid Barge will also be supplying

Marine Power

ABB Saves 700,000 tons Fuel for Marine Vessels

ABB’s environmental friendly Azipod propulsion system brings greater fuel efficiency to diverse shipping segments ABB today announced the total fuel savings

First Cruise Company Fined under Australia’s New Fuel Rules

Australia’s NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Carnival PLC $15,000 after one of its P&O Cruises ships, the Pacific Jewel, breached new low sulfur fuel regulations in Sydney Harbour.

New Low-emission Hybrid Azistern Tug Design

Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) has designed a powerful, low-emission compact e-tug to further augment its Azistern series of vessels. Among other roles, the vessel

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1097 sec (9 req/sec)