Swiss marine power company WinGD and Korean engine builder HSD Engine have initiated a Joint Development Project (JDP) to advance the development of WinGD’s methanol-fueled big-bore engines. The aim is to deliver an engine capable of running on carbon-neutral green methanol by 2024, providing shipowners with a powerful solution enabling them to meet IMO’s 2050 target – and to reach net-zero emissions – with their next generation of vessels.
Under the JDP, WinGD will oversee combustion and injection research, exhaust after treatment requirements and engine concept design. HSD Engine will provide support on cost-effective manufacturing and assembly, provide engine testing capabilities and deliver fuel supply and exhaust after-treatment systems. Volkmar Galke, Director of Sales for WinGD was in Korea to sign the JDP agreement. Joined by Byung Sam Ahn, Managing Director of WinGD Korea.
Dominik Schneiter, VP of R&D, WinGD said: “With new fuels, new materials are needed and manufacturers’ involvement in design is critical to ensure that engines can be produced at reasonable costs and in a reasonable timeframe. HSD is well-known as a high-class engine builder that will be able to support WinGD in delivering the methanol-fueled two-stroke engines that our customers will be seeking for their vessels in the near future.”
Jong-Tae Choi, VP, of Engineering & Technology, HSD Engine said: “Collaborating with WinGD on this project will place HSD Engine in a prime position to serve its shipyard and shipowner customers with the clean fuel solutions they need to reach approaching emissions regulations.”
The JDP will focus on some of the largest engines in the WinGD portfolio, the X92 and X82. These engines will be suitable for the larger and ultra-large container ships in which WinGD sees rapidly growing interested in green methanol. Demand is also increasing, albeit at a slower pace, in the bulk carrier and tanker segments.
Green methanol market
The project is the latest partnership with engine builders aimed at accelerating the development of WinGD engines capable of running on new fuels. Schneiter explained that multiple collaborations are essential to meet the expectations of all shipbuilding markets and to jointly develop engine builders’ capabilities in testing and designing for new fuels.
The market for green methanol, which is produced using renewable electricity and renewable carbon sources, is growing rapidly and shipowners are increasingly confident that availability will be scaled up in line with the growth of the methanol-fueled fleet. WinGD’s first methanol engines will give ship operators further confidence that the technologies to use clean fuels will be available when they are needed.
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