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WinGD says its engines will be able to run on methanol from 2024 and ammonia from 2025

Swiss engine designer WinGD, a leading developer of two-stroke low-speed gas and diesel engines used for propulsion power in merchant shipping, said that its engines will be able to run on methanol and ammonia from 2024 and 2025 respectively.

WinGD’s multi-fuel solutions will be based on its well-established diesel-fueled X engines and dual-fuel X-DF engines. The ability to use zero-carbon or carbon-neutral fuels such as ammonia and methanol in both of its core engine types will give ship operators flexibility in how they reduce emissions.

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Both X and X-DF engine series are already compatible with low-carbon fuels—liquid biofuel or biogas respectively—which can provide significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. As one example, the tanker operator Terntank bunkered and operated WinGD X-DF engines on liquefied biogas as long ago as 2018. The full, long-term use of carbon-neutral or zero-carbon fuels is the next step on this pathway.

Emissions from WinGD engines can already be optimized in line with IMO’s incoming Carbon Intensity Index (CII) and Energy Efficient Design Index for Existing Ships (EEXI). Hybridization of the power arrangement is one option. WinGD offers system integration services that maximize fuel efficiency by selecting and sizing hybrid components and the electrical system in parallel with the main engine.

The timeframe for ammonia and methanol capability is part of a wider ambition to grow sales of multi-fueled engines capable of operating on carbon-neutral fuels to 50% of the company’s orderbook by 2030. This is in line with the industry predictions of when these fuels will be available at scale and a viable fuel choice for deep-sea vessels.

By 2030, many of the ships that will be sailing in 2050—the date of IMO’s greenhouse gas emission reduction target—will already have been ordered. Our clean fuel engine technologies will be available well before then and will be based largely on our current technologies, allowing us to support ship owners and operators in their decarbonization choices whenever they make them.

—Volkmar Galke, Director of Global Sales, WinGD

Headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland, since its inception as the Sulzer Diesel Engine business in 1893, WinGD carries on the legacy of innovation in design.

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