The consortium will focus on the development of a two-stroke, ammonia-fuelled marine engine, with Innovation Fund Denmark providing support to the initiative.
Consortium members contributing to the project, called AEngine, are Danish fuel system company Eltronic FuelTech, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and class society DNV GL. The development of the engine is scheduled for 2024.
The project aims to demonstrate – at full-scale – a large marine engine running on ammonia at MAN Energy Solutions’ test facility, Research Centre Copenhagen. The project comprises three main stages: concept development and initial engine design; design of an ammonia fuel supply system; and full-scale testing.
MAN Energy Solutions will act as project coordinator. It will integrate all developed technology into an ammonia propulsion-train and be responsible for fuel injection, the combustion system, and emission after-treatment technology, as well as all on-engine components. It will also be responsible for the test facility and engine testing.
Brian Østergaard Sørensen, Vice President, Head of Research & Development, Two-Stroke at MAN Energy Solutions, commented on the new project: ‘MAN Energy Solutions has spoken in favour of a maritime energy transition in shipping for many years now and we understand the need to work with a wide group of industry partners to develop sustainable solutions.
‘Ammonia is a fuel with a lot of potential and yet another, important step towards decarbonising the marine market. We already have a convincing track-record in developing engines running on alternative fuels – having developed the world’s first 2-stroke engines driven respectively by methanol, ethane and LPG – and have great expectations for this project.’