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WinGD and Alfa Laval cooperate on ammonia engines for the future

Caption: WinGD wants to use the FSS in its test center

WinGD and Alfa Laval have entered into a partnership to advance the development of ammonia-powered engines.

As part of the partnership, Alfa Laval will supply two Fuel Supply Systems (FSS) for the testing of WinGD’s ammonia-fueled engine in early 2024. The partnership is an important step in the development of ammonia as a future fuel for ships, the two companies said[ds_preview].

In order to promote the use of carbon-free fuels, WinGD says it is at the forefront of the development of ammonia-powered engines. The company recently received the first Approval in Principle (AiP) from Lloyd’s Register for its ammonia-powered X-DF-A dual-fuel series.

WinGD deploys the Fuel Supply System at the research center

In the next step of its ongoing ammonia test campaign, the engine manufacturer has partnered with Alfa Laval to supply two customized ammonia fuel supply systems for its engine research and innovation center in Winterthur, Switzerland, in early 2024.

The scope of supply includes the FSS for the injector test system and the FSS for the engine test bench. The project is part of the methanol and ammonia collaboration agreement signed between the two companies in 2022. This gives both companies the opportunity to optimize the entire fuel supply and use it for future on-board applications, it says.

“Strategic collaborations like this one with WinGD are a crucial step on the path to decarbonization and fuel transition,” says Viktor Friberg, Head of Marine Separation & Fuel Supply Systems, Alfa Laval. “We have expanded our technological know-how to offer solutions for ammonia engines that meet our goal. This joint research and development project is an efficient way to enable the use of another alternative fuel.”

“With each new collaboration, we are one step closer to carbon-free engines,” adds Sebastian Hensel, R&D Director at WinGD. “Our ammonia test campaign began in 2021 with extensive research into the combustion properties of the fuel. The fuel supply system is an important next step in technology development that keeps pace with our 2025 delivery targets. We are confident that Alfa Laval’s expertise and proven experience in fuel supply will help us achieve our goal.”

WinGD will das FSS in seinem Testzentrum einsetzen
WinGD plans to use the FSS in its test center

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