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Waukesha Unveils 18V220 Gas Engine

Posted on July 31, 2005

In September 2004, Waukesha Engine purchased the technology rights to Wartsila's W200D and W220SGD high-speed engines. The 18V220 (bore x stroke, 220 x 240 mm) has been the main focus of the company's attention as they ready the engine as a gaseous-fueled generator driver.

In its 18-cylinder configuration, the "new" 18V220GL produces 3300 kW, with a BMEP of 16 bar and it has NOx emissions of 1.6 g/kWh.

"This acquisition gives Waukesha a competitive product in the 1.5 to 3.2 MW range for the global power generation market," said Waukesha's President, Tom Laird, at a recent introduction of the engines at the company's headquarters in Waukesha, Wisconsin, U.S.A. "Since the acquisition, we have not only been working on various technology upgrades to the existing engine platform, but also working to bring the product to market. Part of bringing this to market involves re-educating the market on this product.

"This engine now gets us well entrenched into the larger-sized output categories for power generation," Laird noted. "We are seeing unbelievable interest in this product from countires where they are beginning to develop their natural gas infrastructure." In addition to the technology upgrades, Waukesha is making significant investments in its infrastructure to be able to manufacture this product, according to Laird. He estimated that 18V220s will be available for shipment in late 2006.

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