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Wärtsilä, Turboden Sign Agreement To Develop Marine Engine Combined Cycle Product

Posted on September 9, 2010

Wärtsilä has signed an agreement with Turboden of Italy to jointly develop, market and distribute a marine engine combined cycle (ECC) product based on organic rankine cycle (ORC) technology.

The joint development work will focus initially on applying the ORC technology for ship applications, with the Wärtsilä marine ECC product expected to enter the market in 2011.

The marine ECC provides a way to obtain a small-scale combined cycle system from the wasted energy recovered from downstream exhaust gas and from the high-temperature cooling water of reciprocating engines.

This could provide added power in the range of 8 to 12% to the prime mover, Wärtsilä said. With the marine ECC in operation, operating expenses are lowered, as well as exhaust gas emissions, due to less fuel oil consumption, according to the company.

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