Press release – WinGD, the Swiss-based marine engine technology developer, continues to invest in its R&D test infrastructure with the opening of a new collaborative global test 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 decarbonized future through research and sustainable fuel and combustion innovation.
The role of R&D was highlighted as part of the strategy to help ships meet the IMO 2050 target. The industry’s success in achieving these goals relies on a focus well beyond alternative fuels.
This new global test center will encompass research and innovation around future fuel-powered 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 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 network representative of modern ships, including a DC network laboratory and dynamometers in place of water brakes, an infrastructure perfectly suited to test and demonstrate hybrid propulsion systems in the future.
WinGD Vice President of Research and Development, Dominik Schneiter, said, “The pace at which we must move as an industry to achieve a zero-carbon future requires all players to engage with meaningful engagement. By considerably expanding our test engine infrastructure, we are confirming our desire to accelerate the energy transition of 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 goal.
Decarbonizing the maritime industry is a global challenge that requires collaboration and collective effort at unprecedented levels. The combination of WinGD’s proven expertise in low-emission 2-stroke engine efficiency and CSPI’s technology innovation capabilities will result in future integrated power solutions that will help achieve zero emissions.
WinGD in brief:
WinGD (Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd.) is a leading developer of low-speed two-stroke gasoline and diesel engines used for propulsion in merchant shipping. WinGD sets the industry standard for reliability, safety, efficiency and environmental sustainability. WinGD provides design, training and technical support to engine manufacturers, shipbuilders, ship operators and owners worldwide. Based in Winterthur, Switzerland, since its inception as a Sulzer diesel engine company in 1893, it continues the legacy of design innovation.
WinGD is a CSSC group company.
For more information visit: www.wingd.com
CSPI in a nutshell:
China Shipbuilding Power Engineering Institute Co., Ltd. (CSPI) is the R&D unit for marine energy systems under CSSC. It is a core enterprise in the innovation, transformation and upgrading of marine energy technology. Based on the group’s leading position in the shipping industry and close cooperation with domestic and foreign resources, the company constantly strengthens the innovation capability of technology research and product development to provide integrated power solutions for the shipping industry.