Moteurs Baudouin Releasing First Natural Gas Engine Line
By Jack Burke18 March 2020
Moteurs Baudouin, which has built diesel engines for the marine and power generation markets for 100 years, said it will release its first engine range powered by natural gas later this year.
Alongside the French company’s diesel engine range, the new PowerKit Gas series will increase the power generation options for Baudouin’s clients around the world, the company said.
The new PowerKit Gas series will be available across a range of engine models. All are electronically controlled and combined heat and power (CHP) ready, with power outputs available between 63-1750 kVA 50Hz and 63-1400 kVA 60Hz.
The average efficiency of the gas engines is up to 38% for the low kVA range and between 40-45% for the HHP 16M33 and 12M55 engines. Their lean-burn technology gives lower NOx emissions too, a hugely important factor in today’s environmentally conscious world, the company said. The engines are also able to re-use gas created by industrial or agricultural processes, adding to their green credentials. Other features include ratings suitable for a range of applications, with highly competitive transient performance and block load acceptance, the company said.
“The whole energy system is evolving, from large singular energy sources to more flexible models using distributed sources of power generation,” said Fabrizio Mozzi, president of Moteurs Baudouin. “We expect to see continuing trends for data resiliency, reduced operating expenditure and environmental responsibility. Our engines are specifically designed to respond to this evolving market.”
The new natural gas engines have been designed for robust performance, even when drawing from fuel sources of variable quality, the company said. Onshore oil and gas, co-generation projects (industrial greenhouses and waste treatment plants) and bottling plants, are just some of the applications suited to the new gas range of engines. As fuel storage is not always required onsite, they are also a solution for applications such as supermarkets and industrial plants that can connect directly to the main gas supply. All are an excellent partner of renewable energy infrastructure, as their operating reliability can balance the intermittency of these sources of power generation.
The company is also launching the 4M06 diesel engine, developed specifically for telecom applications. This 2.4L, four-cylinder engine delivers 18-35 kVA ESP at 50Hz, along with low fuel consumption and easy maintenance due to Baudouin’s simple mechanical design. It’s designed with the specific needs of telecom customers in mind, optimizing service intervals tiwh a larger oil sump and extra filtration. It includes a warranty of two years/unlimited hours for prime power applications, and four years/800 hours for emergency standby power.
Next, the 8M21 diesel engine is being launched, offering 450-660 kVA 50Hz, followed by a 50/60Hz switchable model later in 2020. This new V8 engine provides compact power with a small displacement, best in class fuel consumption, and a low total cost of ownership offering an efficient solution compared to electronic engines. Customers can also take advantage of dual starter options for increased redundancy, along with dependable load step and load following capability.
Finally, details of the 20M33 diesel engine and all-new DCP and COP ratings have also been released. Optimized for data center applications, the 20M33 engine will be released to market early next year delivering 2000-2500 kVA across PRP, DCP and ESP ratings. The M33 platform is a proven, reliable engine delivering secure power provision, supplemented by dual starter options easy maintenance and common parts across 6/12/16/20 cylinder engines. The platform provides economies of scale to be cost-competitive for OEMs and is backed by Baudouin’s market-leading warranty terms. DCP Ratings are also officially launched across 10 engine platforms offering data centers 350-3300 kVA and COP ratings are now available from nine engine platforms spanning 125-2250 kVA.
“The full range of Data Center Power (DCP) products and Continuous Power products (COP) we are releasing offer very competitive operating expenditure and total cost of ownership figures, as well as our reduced emissions and gas-fueled products,” Mozzi said. “With one of the most extensive ranges available on the market today, from 18 to 4000 kVA, we offer power specifications fit for every application. Continuous improvement, our “power of evolution” as we phrased it, is a core part of our DNA. In fact, our customers tell us that our strength as a brand is that we listen to them, understand what is going on in their markets, and react quickly to offer the most suitable products.”