05 December 2023
WinGD is a marine engine technology developer from Switzerland. They have published a new white paper outlining the steps that will enable deep-sea shipping decarbonization. The guide aims to provide shipowners with an illustration of the confident choices to drastically reduce emissions. Thus, avoid waiting for the emergence of ‘silver bullet’ technologies.
WinGD wrap up
The paper, ‘Navigate the Future with Confidence’, advocates a step-by-step, holistic approach to improving energy efficiency. The use of LNG is one of the single biggest ways to reduce emissions in current vessels. It will enable the use of carbon-neutral synthetic or bio-gas when it becomes available. Taking action now is the right choice as simply waiting for the availability of clean fuels won’t be enough. Other technologies also need to be added to help ships reach IMO’s 2050 target.
“The low-speed marine engine will remain the core power provider for deep-sea shipping. The heart of clean propulsion is already in place. The task now is to incorporate the technologies that will help reach zero emissions; carbon-neutral fuels, electrical hybrid power sources, efficiency enhancing digital technologies and optimized ship design.”Dominik Schneiter, WinGD Vice President Research & Development
The white paper highlights the engine developments enabling the use of clean fuels such as ammonia and methanol by 2025. Notably, WinGD’s dual-fuel X-DF engine platform and the recent launch of X-DF2.0 technologies. Particularly, they can halve methane slip and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a further 10%.
Moreover, WinGD has summarized its development work on electrical hybrid systems. The company has developed a comprehensive simulation platform to study hybridization options for all applications and operation patterns. Considered in the white paper are combinations of two-stroke engines and batteries, linked via power take-off/take-in systems. Hence, presented with a view to reducing installed power, fuel consumption, and emissions, allowing for better EEDI/ EEXI. Therefore, enhancing the CII ratings.
“By preparing for these future scenarios, WinGD is taking the risk out of engine investments for shipowners and operators… In uncertain times our extensive research aims to place the future performance and compliance of WinGD engines beyond doubt.”Dominik Schneiter, WinGD Vice President Research & Development
These are uncertain times for the decarbonization of the shipping industry. Therefore, the solution providers and their extensive research programmes should expedite to place the future performance and compliance of their products beyond doubt.