Aggreko has launched a new ultra-efficient 1MW engine.
Developed in conjunction with global engineering and technology consultancy Ricardo Plc and with the support of engine manufacturer Cummins, the G3+ is the product of a three-year, £6 million ($NZ10.2m) development programme. This is the Scottish manufacturer’s first move into developing its own engine technology.
“I am delighted to be able to announce this significant step forward for Aggreko and the temporary power industry as a whole,” chief executive Rupert Soames says.
“The HFO variant means that Aggreko is the only temporary power provider in the world that can offer customers a full range of fuels – diesel, gas or HFO.”
The development team were set a series of simple challenges; to create the world’s most efficient 1MW diesel engine for utility power; one that could also run on Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO); and one that could also be retrofitted into Aggreko’s existing fleet of 4500 gensets.
The result is the G3+, a significant upgrade on the existing G3 engines that currently power the majority of Aggreko’s fleet. The new engine produces 14 percent more power at 12 percent lower cost per MW than a standard G3 engine.
The G3+HFO variant of the new engine is also the first of its kind that can run on HFO. This produces power at about half the cost in terms of $/MW than traditional diesel alternatives.
The new engine is already being installed into Aggreko’s existing fleet. In addition Aggreko is pleased to announce its first HFO order, a 56MW installation in the Caribbean, demonstrating the latent client demand for this option. The remainder of Aggreko’s fleet will be upgraded to the G3+ as part of their 25,000 hour service.