PressTV. Iran Heavy Diesel Engine Mfg. Co.(DESA) is designing a V-12 engine that will run on a blend of 80% natural gas and 20% diesel.
DESA was established four years ago to design, develop and manufacture medium-duty diesel engines for automotive, industrial and power generation applications. It unveiled its first diesel—the Model D87—on 24 July.
However, the 800 kW (1,072 hp) dual-fuel version will have great environmental advantages. The V-12 dual-fuel engine is a derivation of the D87 family, which is made up of four engines ranging from 500 kW (671 hp) to 1,250 kW (1,676 hp)...There are plans to expand the range to 16 and 20 cylinders, with outputs of up to 2,000 kW (2,682 hp).
The state railways company has already ordered 35 of these engines for use in locomotives, with deliveries due to begin in October 2010.