WinGD and HSD Engine collaborate to ship methanol-fueled two-stroke engines


Swiss marine energy firm WinGD and Korean engine builder HSD Engine have initiated a Joint Improvement Mission (JDP) to advance the event of WinGD’s methanol-fueled big-bore engines. The goal is to ship an engine able to working on carbon-neutral inexperienced methanol by 2024, offering shipowners with an influence resolution enabling them to satisfy IMO’s 2050 goal—and to succeed in net-zero emissions—with their subsequent era of vessels.

Below the JDP, WinGD will oversee combustion and injection analysis, exhaust aftertreatment necessities and engine idea design. HSD Engine will present assist on cost-effective manufacturing and meeting, present engine testing capabilities and ship gas provide and exhaust aftertreatment techniques.

With new fuels, new supplies are wanted and producers’ involvement in design is vital to make sure that engines might be produced at affordable prices and in an affordable timeframe. HSD is well-known as a high-class engine builder that can be capable of assist WinGD in delivering the methanol-fueled two-stroke engines that our prospects will likely be searching for for his or her vessels within the close to future.

—Dominik Schneiter, VP R&D, WinGD

The JDP will concentrate on a few of the largest engines within the WinGD portfolio, the X92 and X82. These engines will likely be appropriate for the bigger and ultra-large container ships through which WinGD sees quickly rising curiosity in inexperienced methanol. Demand can also be rising, albeit at a slower tempo, within the bulk provider and tanker segments.


The WinGD X92 platform is among the preliminary targets for methanol fueling.

The undertaking is the most recent partnership with engine builders aimed toward accelerating the event of WinGD engines able to working on new fuels. Schneiter mentioned that a number of collaborations are important to satisfy expectations of all shipbuilding markets and to develop collectively engine builders’ capabilities in testing and designing for brand new fuels.

WinGD originated from the diesel engine enterprise of Sulzer Company in Winterthur, established in 1893 when the Sulzer Brothers signed an settlement with Rudolf Diesel for his new engine know-how. Sulzer began diesel engine manufacturing in 1903 in Winterthur. In 1986 the final diesel engine left the Winterthur facility.

In November 1990, Sulzer established its Diesel Engine & Diesel Energy Plant Division as a separate firm, New Sulzer Diesel Ltd. In April 1997, New Sulzer Diesel Ltd. merged with Wärtsilä Diesel Oy to create Wärtsilä NSD Company which later turned Wärtsilä Company.

The Swiss firm, Wärtsilä Switzerland Ltd., accountable for the low-speed, two-stroke engine inside Wärtsilä, was merged with China State Shipbuilding Company (CSSC) in early 2015 and renamed Winterthur Fuel & Diesel Ltd. (WinGD). In 2016, Wärtsilä Company transferred its remaining shares of WinGD to CSSC making WinGD 100% owned by CSSC.


WinGD was a significant participant within the HERCULES-2 undertaking, the follow-on from the long-term R&D undertaking HERCULES to develop new applied sciences for marine engines. HERCULES was the result of a joint imaginative and prescient by the 2 main European engine producer teams MAN & Wärtsilä.


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