Marine Log

October 5, 2006

Diesel rivals plan joint research project

MAN Diesel and Wartsila Corporation are planning large scale cooperative research project. The target is to maximize fuel efficiency in parallel to emissions reduction.

The project is called HERCULES-B and plans are to propose it for funding under the European Union's Framework 7 R&D program.

The principal aim in HERCULES-B is to improve efficiency of marine diesel propulsion systems to level of more than 60%, thus reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions substantially.

An additional concurrent aim is achievement of ultra low exhaust emissions from marine engines by the year 2015.

Today diesel propulsion systems power 99% of the world fleet.

The HERCULES-B is a large innovative research and development project aiming for technological breakthrough in the reduction of fuel consumption and emissions for the next generation marine diesel engines onboard ships, reaching beyond today's limits set by the IMO and radically improving the environmental effect of Waterborne Transport.

The project will deliver a number of Technology Demonstrator engines, operating with improved efficiency and reduced emissions. Certain new technologies developed, will be validated onboard new-built ships.

The HERCULES-B Project is planned to run over a four-year period with a targeted budget of Euros 60 million.