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Wärtsilä, MAN Pursue Hercules-C Project

Posted on December 3, 2010

Two European marine engine manufacturers, MAN Diesel & Turbo and Wärtsilä, have agreed to pursue a joint research project, the Hercules-C project, as a continuation of the Hercules programs for the research and development of marine engine technology. The Hercules-C project specific objective is to further reduce fuel consumption while optimizing power production and usage, said Wärtsilä.

The Hercules research program is designed for sustainable and safe energy production from marine power plants, according to Wärtsilä. The technological themes of the program, which debuted in 2002, have been higher efficiency, reduced emissions and increased reliability for marine engines.

Hercules-C follows two earlier Hercules projects. In the Hercules-A project, from 2004 to 2007, large-scale research platforms were established, with the main objective being to screen the potential of a broad range of emission reduction technologies. In Hercules-B, from 2008 to 2011, reducing emissions remained pertinent, yet more importance was placed on improved efficiency, reduced fuel consumption and fewer CO2 emissions.

The Hercules-C project is planned to run over a three-year period and has a targeted budget of US$25.4 million (€19 million), bringing the total combined budget of the Hercules programs to US$105.8 million (€79 million), Wärtsilä said.

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