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Next Phase Begins In Hercules Research Program

Posted on February 10, 2012

Low- and medium-speed engine manufacturers Wärtsilä and MAN Diesel & Turbo have started the next phase of the Hercules research program. The vision of the program is to achieve sustainable and safe energy production from marine power plants, according to the companies.

Phase III of the program, Hercules-C, which is funded by the European Commission, aims at integrating several technologies in order to reduce emissions and optimize the efficiency and long-term reliability of marine engines. Hercules-C is expected to run until 2014 with a budget of €17 million, which brings the total project budget to €76 million.

The first objective of the Hercules-C project is to achieve further reductions in fuel consumption, while optimizing 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 companies said.

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, monitoring and measurement technologies to improve the controllability and availability of marine power plants. The third objective is to achieve near-zero emissions by integrating multiple technologies.

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