WinGD Expands Investments in Engine Technology with Global Test Center
Swiss marine engine technology developer WinGD continues to invest in its R&D testing infrastructure with the opening of a new collaborative global testing center in Shanghai, China. The new test center which opened on December 16 is a collaboration with CSPI (China Shipbuilding Power Engineering Institute Co., Ltd.) to advance a carbon-free future through research and innovation for sustainable fuel and combustion.
The role of R&D has been highlighted as part of the strategy to help ships meet the IMO 2050 target. The industry’s success in achieving these goals hinges on a focus well beyond alternative fuels.
This new global test center will encompass research and innovation around future fuel propulsion solutions, holistic energy management systems and power generation based on new energy converters. For the development of new technologies and new products, the Global Test Center includes two 2-stroke test engines and several test benches for the validation of subsystems such as fuel injection, pumps or fuel valves. ‘gas inlet. With future demands in mind, testing will focus on new fuels, including methanol and ammonia, and the further development of WinGD’s low-pressure dual fuel technology. The test center will also be equipped with an electrical grid representing modern ships, comprising a DC grid laboratory and dynamometers instead of water brakes, an infrastructure perfectly suited for testing and demonstrating hybrid propulsion systems at the future.
WinGD Vice President of Research and Development Dominik Schneiter said: “The pace at which we must act as an industry to achieve a carbon-free future requires all players to engage in meaningful ways. By considerably expanding our test engine infrastructure, we are confirming our commitment to accelerate the energy transition in maritime transport. The future is a multi-fuel landscape where in-depth knowledge of the combustion properties of all fuels is required. Our collaboration with our CSSC family of companies allows us to bring the full weight of our shared expertise towards this objective.
Decarbonizing the maritime industry is a global challenge that requires collaboration and collective efforts at unprecedented levels. The combination of WinGD’s proven expertise in 2-stroke engine efficiency with low emissions and CSPI’s technological innovation capabilities, will result in future integrated power solutions that will help achieve zero emissions.