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MAN ES announces MAN 175D methanol dual-fuel engine will be available by 2026

Dual-fuel version of MAN 175D high-speed engine, capable of operating on methanol, will be available by the end of 2026; will be available both as newbuild and retrofit variants.

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MAN ES announces MAN 175D methanol dual-fuel engine will be available by 2026

MAN Energy Solutions on Monday (27 November) announced that a dual-fuel version of its MAN 175D high-speed engine, capable of operating on methanol, will be available by the end of 2026. 

The new variant, designated MAN 175DF-M, will be available both as newbuild and retrofit variants.

MAN Energy Solutions states that the 175DF-M will be optimised for diesel-mechanical and diesel-electric propulsion to achieve the largest methanol share and best efficiency for various applications and load profiles. In fact, the engine has already been awarded the ‘fuel ready’ certificate by DNV, guaranteeing the introduction of this dual-fuel methanol technology.

“The 175D engine is MAN Energy Solutions’ latest addition to the high-speed maritime sector and is, as such, one of the pillars of its efforts to develop a methanol-ready engine portfolio as the demand for such technology has rapidly been increasing of late,” the firm said in a statement.

With its success in achieving series-approval for its two-stroke engines, MAN Energy Solutions said it has used this experience to develop an optimised solution for its four-stroke engines, including successful single-cylinder testing. As such, the results of these efforts will fuel the upcoming development and validation of the dual-fuel PFI (Port Fuel Injection) technology for its methanol-ready 175D engine.

Florian Keiler, Head of High Speed, MAN Energy Solutions, said: “The MAN 175D has proven to be very competitive in terms of sustainability and efficiency with the lowest fuel consumption, lowest lube-oil consumption and longest overhaul times in its class, minimising its environmental footprint. In terms of future fuels, the next logical step, apart from being able to run on 100% bio-fuels, is to ensure methanol combustion.”

“Based on numerous exchanges with customers, we came to the conclusion that the dual-fuel principle, reliability, efficiency, a high methanol share, competitive life-cycle costs and maximum achievable output were key requirements for the 175DF-M’s development. Therefore, after conscientious investigation and consideration, we settled upon the PFI combustion technology as the most favourable. Fundamental combustion development will start in 2024, leading up to a first field-test of the methanol engine in 2026. The MAN 175DF-M engine will subsequently be ready for sales release at the end of 2026.”

MAN Energy Solutions believes that PFI is the most advanced technology currently available. Its development targets a highest methanol share over a wide power range while achieving the highest cylinder output in its high-speed engine class. In particular, optimisation for diesel-electric multi-engine plants will allow operation of the engines at an optimal load point achieving the highest methanol share. As result, when using biofuels, the MAN 175DF-M’s carbon footprint will be reduced to zero while retaining full fuel-flexibility for operation anywhere in the world.

Photo credit: MAN Energy Solutions
Published: 28 November, 2023

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CSSC Chengxi, CSSC Power Group ink contract for methanol dual-fuel engine

Duo signed an agreement for a methanol dual-fuel main engine contract to be supplied for an 85,000DWT bulk carrier in Shanghai.

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CSSC Chengxi Shipyard Co Ltd, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, and CSSC Power (Group) Co., Ltd. on Sunday (4 February) signed an agreement for a methanol dual-fuel marine engine for an 85,000DWT bulk carrier in Shanghai.

According to the contract, CSSC Power Group will provide the methanol engine to CSSC Chengxi Shipyard. Both parties agreed they will carry out a close collaboration on the engine design of low-carbon and zero-carbon green ships.

CSSC Power Group will be actively involved in CSSC Chengxi’s ship development and design optimisation, while providing system solutions, to enhance the competitiveness of ship types.

Both parties agreed to cooperate and further contribute to the strategic goal of China State Shipbuilding Corporation to become a world-class shipping group. 

Disclaimer: The above article published by Manifold Times was sourced from China’s domestic market through a local correspondent. While considerable efforts have been taken to verify its accuracy through a professional translator and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty is made regarding the accuracy, completeness and reliability of any information.

 

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Published: 6 February, 2024

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NYK breaks ground to start construction of bio bunker fuel testing facility

Firm will install a test engine facility to evaluate the safety of biofuels and accelerate their practical application as bunker fuels; engine installed will be a reused generator from the tugboat “Sakigake”.

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NYK breaks ground to start construction of bio bunker fuel testing facility

Japanese shipping firm NYK on Tuesday (30 January) held a ceremony on January 29 to break ground at a site in Chiba Prefecture where the company will install a test engine facility to evaluate the safety of biofuels and accelerate their practical application as bunker fuels. 

NYK will complete the installation of the test engine in June and analyse the biofuel in combustion tests over the next three years. 

“The test engine will be a reused generator from the tugboat Sakigake, which is currently being converted to an ammonia-fuelled tug,” it said in a statement. 

NYK breaks ground to start construction of bio bunker fuel testing facility

NYK Group companies Boltech Co., Ltd. and Nippon Yuka Kogyo Co., Ltd. will also participate in this project by utilising their engine-operation and fuel-oil-analysis technologies to verify the potential of various biofuels.

Biofuels are produced from various raw materials, including grains and waste cooking oil, but only a few are currently being commercialised. More types of biofuels are expected to be commercialised in the future as demand for biofuels increases. 

However, about a year of testing and analysis at an external engine facility, followed by 12 to 18 months of onboard trials, is needed before continuous shipboard use of new bunker fuels. 

“NYK expects to shorten the test period and the time until the new fuel can be used on board by owning and operating the test engine,” it added.

NYK breaks ground to start construction of bio bunker fuel testing facility

Manifold Times previously reported it will be conducting full-scale trials of long-term use of biofuel bunkers starting in fiscal 2024.

NYK at the time said it will use biofuel continuously for three months on multiple vessel types through the trial. After that, NYK will gradually extend biofuel use for a longer period for further validation.

Related: NYK to replace LNG bunker fuel system of tugboat “Sakigake” with ammonia-based solution
Related: Japan: NYK to conduct full-scale bio bunker fuel trials for long term use in 2024

 

Photo credit: NYK
Published: 31 January, 2024

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Methanol

ABC Engines to supply methanol hybrid engines for Jan De Nul cable-laying vessel

ABC will supply four 7,200 kW engines and one 1,800 kW engine, capable of running on biodiesel, HVO and methanol bunker fuels for Jan De Nul Group’s newest cable-laying vessel “Fleeming Jenkin”.

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ABC Engines to supply methanol marine engines for Jan De Nul cable-laying vessel

Jan De Nul Group and ABC Engines on Friday (26 January) announced their partnership for hybrid marine medium-speed engines that can run on biodiesel, HVO and methanol bunker fuels.

ABC will supply four 7,200 kW engines and one 1,800 kW engine for Jan De Nul Group's newest cable-laying vessel, Fleeming Jenkin

By switching to sustainable fuels in combination with the unique ULEv technology, this new cable-laying vessel will bring about a significant reduction of harmful emissions such as CO2, SOx, HC, particulate matter and NOx. By doing so, it meets the strictest standards in terms of NOx emissions onshore (Euro 6) and in terms of particulate matter emissions offshore (Stage V).

These innovative engines will ensure propulsion of the newest Jan De Nul Group's cable-laying vessel, Fleeming Jenkin. Using green methanol, the engines are also climate neutral and due to the unique combination with the ULEv technology they also meet the strict Stage V standard for particulate matter and Euro 6 standard for nitrogen.

Jan De Nul Group and ABC Engines are accelerating towards a more sustainable shipping industry with the development of these engines. Both companies take on a pioneering role to significantly reduce harmful emissions in the shipping industry and to contribute to a substantial positive impact on the climate and the health of man, fauna and flora.

An important step Jan De Nul Group is taking in making its fleet more sustainable, is switching to renewable fuels, such as methanol. Notwithstanding significantly reduced emissions of harmful greenhouse gasses, methanol also offers the advantage of being already available in more than one hundred ports around the world. In order to further shape the internal sustainability strategy and to fully align with the renewable world economy, Jan De Nul Group enters into this partnership with ABC Engines, which leads the way in the field of marine engines running on alternative fuels, such as the promising methanol.

Jan Van de Velde, Director Newbuilding at Jan De Nul Group, said: “The choice for ABC is based on a positive collaboration and shared vision of a sustainable future. Our cooperation results in high-quality engines that run on renewable fuel and are adapted to our vessels and needs of our customers. We prepare our fleet for the future, achieve a milestone within our sustainability goals and above all offer a positive contribution to the climate and health of man and animal."

Tim Berckmoes, CEO at ABC Engines, said: “Jan De Nul and ABC are two family-owned companies that always focus on the long term and use innovative technologies to realise the energy transition both locally and internationally. Thanks to the long-standing trust of our customers, we can continue to innovate, produce and invest in Flanders. This enables us to expand our export activities and further develop our manufacturing industry."

 

Photo credit: Jan De Nul
Published: 30 January, 2024

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