To meet the demand for more powerful gensets to power auxiliary systems, hybrid vessels and diesel-electric vessels, Volvo Penta is upgrading its D16 range to meet 450 and 500 kW.
The IMO II-compliant engines now produce 479 kWm at 1,500 rpm and 532 kWm at 1,800 kWm corresponding to a 50 Hz genset providing 450 kWe and a 500 kWe delivery at 60 Hz. The upgraded and stronger engine represents the most powerful Volvo Penta MG engine in the toughest marine genset rating, ensuring high output around the clock, with a reduction of fuel consumption of up to three per cent.
“This is an important improvement in that it delivers power and yet consumes less fuel in doing so,” said Thomas Lantz, Product Planning Manager, Marine Commercial. “An electrical output of 450/500 kWe has developed into a near standard for coastal heavy-duty installations, where gensets are part of the propulsion system. With these new power ratings Volvo Penta’s D16 genset is now part of this standard.”
Now addressing an even bigger part of shipping, Volvo Penta has also introduced a more flexible approach to alternator selection on the D16 genset, in order to meet customer preferences.
According to Volvo Penta, several Nordic projects in the passenger transportation segment are displaying interest in the upgraded D16 gensets.
Baird Maritime Managing Director Alex Baird was a guest of Volvo Penta in Gothenburg, Sweden, for a day of presentations, product unveilings and test drives.
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