MAN B&W Diesel A/S and Danish power supplier ENERGI E2
are entering into a joint
venture to create Denmark’s new attraction in the world of diesel engines.
This new diesel science centre will be located in the
building where you will find the old diesel engine in the
H. C. Ørsted Værket, one of Copenhagen’s major power
plants, in the southern part of the city. It will become a very
interesting venue for those interested in the history and
development of the diesel engine.
ENERGI E2’s mega B&W diesel engine from 1932, which
remained the largest engine in the world for approximately
35 years, is still operational and raring to go. It will be the
main exhibit of the centre, together with some of the first
B&W engines from the start of the 20th century.
The 'double acting' cylinder principle used in this engine is
different from today's large two-stroke diesel engines in only
one main respect, power is generated by combustion in
chambers at both the top and bottom of the cylinder.
The exhibition centre will contain many and varied activities
and interactive items, such as engine simulators and
multimedia presentations. Construction will start in the late
summer and will be finished in May 2006.
When the new centre has been completed, MAN B&W
Diesel will move its museum from its present location at
Christianshavn to the new site at ENERGI E2’s H. C.
This means that many of the impressive, highly detailed
and moving models of diesel engines, will be transferred to
the new facility. Also on show will be many, faithfully
recreated scale models of the ships that were powered by
the engines on view in the exhibition.
One of the ship models on view will be the M/S Amerika.
This vessel was powered by a 'sister' engine to the one
housed in the new centre. With six cylinders, each having a
62 cm diameter bore and a 140 cm stroke, this marine twostroke
diesel engine was at the leading edge of ship design.
This dynamic exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to
discover the diesel engine universe:
• Experience the running and operation of a diesel engine
• Discover the major effect diesel engines have on society
• See the technical progress during the last 100 years
• Get an impression of the diesel technology of the future.
Executive Vice President of MAN B&W Diesel, Peter Sunn
Pedersen, and President and CEO of ENERGI E2, Torkil
Bentzen, have just signed the agreement, which makes this
diesel attraction possible.
The agreement about the new venue is in place: President and CEO for
ENERGI E2, Torkil Bentzen, and Executive Vice President of MAN B&W
Diesel A/S, Peter Sunn Pedersen.
Peter Sunn Pedersen: "It is a dream come true. We are
creating a location with free access for everyone, a
gathering point for anyone interested in the history and
development of diesel engines. I hope that it will become a
natural place to visit, not least for engineers, marine
engineers and students from Denmark
and further afield."
Torkill Bentzen added, "I have the greatest expectations for
this joint venture. Diesel engine history is unbreakably tied
to that of electricity. It is technical and cultural history worth
displaying, and it is a story which both Danes and
international visitors should experience.
The infrastructure of the facility will be a joint responsibility,
MAN B&W Diesel has rented the exhibition building from
ENERGI E2 and will undertake the daily running of the
centre. ENERGI E2 is responsible for external
maintenance, including the construction of a new access
road and new parking facilities for visitors.