Swiss engine designer WinGD, a leading developer of two-stroke low-speed gasoline and diesel engines used for propulsion in the merchant navy, said its engines will be able to run on methanol and ammonia from from 2024 and 2025 respectively.
WinGD’s multi-fuel solutions will be based on its well-established diesel X engines and dual fuel X-DF engines. The ability to use carbon-free or carbon-neutral fuels such as ammonia and methanol in its two basic engine types will give vessel operators flexibility in how they reduce emissions.
The X and X-DF engine series are already compatible with low carbon fuels (liquid biofuel or biogas respectively) which can allow significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. As an example, the tanker operator Terntank refueled and operated WinGD X-DF engines with liquefied biogas as early as 2018. The full and long-term use of carbon neutral or carbon-free fuels is the next step in this process. way.
Emissions from WinGD engines can already be optimized in accordance with the IMO’s Incoming Carbon Intensity Index (CII) and Existing Vessel Design Index (EEXI). Hybridization of the power arrangement is an option. WinGD offers system integration services that maximize energy efficiency by selecting and sizing hybrid components and the electrical system in parallel with the main engine.
The schedule for ammonia and methanol capacity is part of a larger ambition to bring sales of multi-fuel engines capable of running on carbon-neutral fuels to 50% of the company’s backlog by 2030 This is in line with industry expectations as to when these fuels will be available on a large scale and will be a viable fuel choice for ocean going vessels.
By 2030, many ships that will sail in 2050, the date of the IMO’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction target, will have already been ordered. Our clean fuel engine technologies will be available well before that date and will be largely based on our current technologies, allowing us to support ship owners and operators in their decarbonization choices whenever they make them.
—Volkmar Galke, Director of Global Sales, WinGD
Based in Winterthur, Switzerland, since its inception as Sulzer Diesel Engine in 1893, WinGD continues the legacy of innovation in design.