Waukesha Engine Power Factory with ARES Engine
Waukesha Engine, Waukesha, Wisconsin, U.S.A., has entered the commercial demonstration phase in its development of an engine using Advanced Reciprocating Engine Systems (ARES) technology. Waukesha has paralleled an advanced test version of its APG gen-set to the local grid and is using it to power the company's test lab and exporting electricity to its factory.
"We have developed an engine that meets or exceeds the efficiency and emissions requirements for the ARES program," said Jim Drees, vice president of engineering for Waukesha Engine. "We're in the beginning of the commercial demonstration phase of new product development and our people have done a phenomenal job in reaching this milestone in an aggressive and very challenging program."
Drees said that when the demonstration phase is completed, the engine will go into production in 2006.
Waukesha is developing the APG engine in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the ARES program. The program was created to encourage the development of large natural gas engines that operate with increased efficiency while meeting tight emissions requirements, maintaining current levels of reliability and durability, and reducing ownership costs.