Rolls-Royce has demonstrated its confidence in the enduring prospects of internal combustion engines powered by sustainable fuels by inaugurating a fresh manufacturing facility in Kluftern, Germany, for its MTU 2000 series engines, as reported by Marine Log.
New production facility
Rolls-Royce has invested a significant amount in a new production facility for MTU engines, involving a mid-double-digit million-euro investment. The relocation of the MTU Series 2000 engine assembly to Kluftern allows for the modernization of existing assembly halls in Friedrichshafen. The new production building prioritizes energy efficiency and sustainability with features such as a photovoltaic system, e-charging columns, and intelligent building controls. The facility aims to provide long-term production space and currently employs 110 people.
Rolls-Royce is demonstrating its commitment to the region and sustainable solutions by investing in its products and solutions. They believe that the internal combustion engine, when combined with sustainable fuels and new technologies, will play a vital role in the future. Rolls-Royce is focused on developing engines that can utilize a wide range of sustainable fuels, reducing carbon dioxide emissions significantly. They have also introduced hybrid systems and intelligent automation systems for various industries. The company aims to provide climate-friendly propulsion technologies for applications where complete electrification may not be the optimal long-term solution, including commercial ships, yachts, land and rail vehicles, and energy systems.
Rolls-Royce recognizes renewable diesel (HVO) as a significant step towards decarbonization and has already made many of their MTU engines compatible with this sustainable fuel. HVO offers substantial benefits, including up to 90% CO2 reduction and decreased emissions of particulates and nitrogen oxides. It can be produced at an industrial scale using hydrogenated vegetable oil and waste materials from the catering and food industries. Rolls-Royce is committed to achieving climate neutrality for internal combustion engines through the use of sustainable fuels and new technologies. However, they emphasize the importance of establishing supportive political frameworks to effectively scale up alternative fuels.
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Source: Marine Log