New Aggreko 1 MW Engine
Company’s first development of own engine technology; to power next generation of its generators
Aggreko, a supplier of temporary power and temperature control, has launched a new ultra-efficient 1 MW engine that will provide its customers with more power at lower cost in the future, the company said.
Developed in conjunction with Ricardo plc, a global engineering and technology consultancy, and with the support of engine manufacturer Cummins, the G3+ is the product of a three–year, £6 million development program. This is the first time that Aggreko has moved into developing its own engine technology.
Aggreko said it strove to create the world’s most efficient 1 MW diesel engine for utility power – one that could also run on heavy fuel oil (HFO) and be retrofitted into Aggreko’s existing fleet of 4500 gen-sets.
The G3+, an upgrade on the existing G3 engines that currently power the majority of Aggreko’s fleet, produces 14% more power at 12% lower cost per MW than a standard G3 engine, the company said. The G3+HFO variant of the new engine is also the first of its kind that can run on HFO, producing power at around half the cost in terms of $/MW than traditional diesel alternatives, Aggreko said.
Aggreko announced its first HFO order, a 56 MW installation in the Caribbean. The company said the remainder of its fleet will be upgraded to the G3+ as part of its 25 000 hour service.