mtu ENGINES FUELED by HVO ALMOST CLIMATE-NEUTRAL

Say good-bye to diesel fuel, but not to your diesel engine! With HVO, you can reduce your CO2 emissions by up to 90%. It's already making a major contribution to climate protection and can help you fast-track your sustainability.

Introducing mtu Engines: Pioneering the Path to Climate-Neutral Power

In a groundbreaking stride towards sustainability, mtu Engines presents a revolutionary solution that bids farewell to traditional diesel fuel while preserving the essence of your diesel engine. Powered by HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil), this innovation opens the gateway to a future where carbon emissions plummet by an impressive 90%. By championing HVO technology, mtu Engines not only spearheads a substantial shift towards climate protection but also offers a fast track to embracing a more sustainable tomorrow.

                                  How HVO fast-tracks you to more sustainability 

CO2 emissions fall by up to 90%

Soot particles fall by over 40%


Nitrogen oxides fall by up to 8%

That’s HVO 

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Find out how many tons of CO2 you can avoid by filling your mtu engines with HVO.

What the others are doing with HVO:   

Whether you're talking about an emergency generator set in a data center, or the engines powering dump trucks, trains, and ships – all of them can be operated almost climate-neutrally with HVO. Customers from all over the world are showing that this is both easy and safe.    

“HVO is gentle on the engine”

Deutsche Bahn is aiming for climate neutrality by 2040. Jörg Schneider, Head of Climate Protection and Energy at DB Cargo, explains the role played by HVO as the DB freight train division moves towards climate neutrality, and talks about why the fuel is rather good for the engines.         

Why HVO makes a difference

,,We suddenly noticed there was no black smoke!” Michael Hoffman, Deputy General Manager at Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Highway & Transportation District, was surprised by the positive effect of HVO on emissions in the ferry terminal. “Before, you could hardly tell the difference between a Tier-3 and a Tier-4 engine,” he said. “But HVO makes a striking difference in terms of the environment and air quality.” He's speaking from experience: The mtu ferry engines running on HVO have already racked up 120,000 operating hours.    

“HVO is our ‘first choice’ fuel for new installations”

Ben Pritchard, CEO of AVK, the largest British provider of emergency power solutions for data centres, is fully committed to HVO. He justifies this in the interview with impressive figures and the experience from two million litres of HVO that his customers have already burned in mtu engines.  

HVO is good for mtu engines

“HVO fuel is entirely compatible with diesel engines because it is very similar in its chemical composition and is therefore a drop-in replacement for the fossil fuel.” That's not just a claim from fuel manufacturers' websites. It's the conclusion drawn by Rolls-Royce engineers who scrutinize mtu engines after they have run for many thousands of hours on HVO.    

Material compatibility

With HVO, there is no change in material compatibility.

Power output

Both at the test stand and in the field, Rolls-Royce engineers have proven that engine output remains comparable, whether the engines are run on HVO or fossil diesel.

Time Between Overhaul

The same TBO and maintenance schedule can be used, irrespective of whether the engines are run on HVO or fossil diesel.

No software or hardware changes required.

Unchanged load acceptance

The load switching behavior remains outstanding.

Similar fuel consumption

Volumetric consumption increases, while mass-based consumption falls by around three percent.

Standard warranty

The warranty period of mtu products approved for use by HVO and their components remains unchanged.

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Material compatibility

With HVO, there is no change in material compatibility.

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Power output

Both at the test stand and in the field, Rolls-Royce engineers have proven that engine output remains comparable, whether the engines are run on HVO or fossil diesel.

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Time Between Overhaul

The same TBO and maintenance schedule can be used, irrespective of whether the engines are run on HVO or fossil diesel.

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No software or hardware changes required.

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Unchanged load acceptance

The load switching behavior remains outstanding.

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Similar fuel consumption

Volumetric consumption increases, while mass-based consumption falls by around three percent.

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Standard warranty

The warranty period of mtu products approved for use by HVO and their components remains unchanged.

Thanks to HVO: decarbonization with existing equipment

With HVO, companies can support their decarbonization goals without having to invest in new equipment. But is it really that simple? Mats Hultman, Head of OEM Partnerships at fuel manufacturer Neste, and Michael Stipa, Vice President Strategy, Business and Product Development Stationary Generation at Rolls-Royce Power Systems, explain.

Why HVO is better than FAME

Although both FAME and HVO can be made from biomass organic matter and are therefore renewable and intended to replace fossil fuels, they exhibit clear differences:    

  • Chemically speaking, biodiesel is a Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) obtained through the transesterification of vegetable oil using methanol. The properties and quality of FAME biodiesel strongly depend on the raw materials used. HVO on the other hand is obtained in a hydro-treating process without the use of oxygen. The result is consistent quality, irrespective of raw materials.    
  • In its chemical composition, HVO is similar to fossil diesel fuel. That makes it suitable for direct use in all diesel engines, either in pure form or mixed with fossil diesel fuel. Biodiesel on the other hand is different in composition and if it is to be used in a diesel engine without making modifications, it can only be mixed with the fossil diesel fuel.      
  • Compared to FAME, HVO can be stored over longer periods without any risk of its properties changing. Since it does not absorb water, the quality of HVO is not compromised in any way as long as it is correctly handled and stored.    
  • Unlike biodiesel, the properties of HVO likewise remain unaffected by extremely low temperatures.    
  • Diesel engines running on HVO generate considerably lower nitrogen oxide emissions than with FAME.  
  • Unlike FAME, when HVO is used, the lubricating oil does not need to be regularly checked and adjusted in addition to existing maintenance.  

Which mtu engines can be operated with HVO? 

Rail

Series 1300
Series 1500
Series 1600
Series 1800
Series 4000 R01 – 04

Industrial, Agriculture, Mining

Series 1000
Series 1100
Series 1300
Series 1500
Series 4000C01-03, C05

Marine & Navy

Series 2000 M02, M03, M04, M06
Series 4000 M00 - M05

Power Generation

Series 1600 G00, G01
Series 4000 G03, G04
Series 0096, 0113, 0150, 0225
mtu Kinetic PowerPacks

Oil and Gas

Series 4000 P01, P03, S01, S03

Further information on approved engines and emission levels can be obtained from your local partner.

FAQ – The most important questions and answers

What is HVO?

HVO = Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil follows the EN15940 / ASTM D975 fuel standard and is classified as paraffinic fuel.    

What are paraffinic fuels?

Paraffinic fuel is a hydrocarbon fuel similar to diesel fuel. Paraffinic diesel fuel has a high cetane number, no sulfur, nitrogen, oxygen nor aromatics. It can be produced with various processes e.g. from hydrogenated vegetable oils (HVO) from different biogenic sources, such as mainly wastes and residues and various vegetable oils.    

What are EN15940 fuels?

The European norm EN15940 is a technical regulation. This regulation describes the quality requirements and test procedures methods for paraffinic fuels. Currently the norm considers CtL (Coal-to-Liquid), GtL (Gas-to-Liquid), BtL (Biomass-to-Liquid), HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) and PtL (Powert-to-Liquid), all fuels are chemical and physical similar. The decisive difference is the production process and the used feedstock. CtL and GtL are normally derived from fossil feedstock with low CO2 reduction potential, BtL, HVO and PtL are derived from sustainable feedstock.      

To guarantee an ensured availability of our assets Rolls-Royce Power System limited the EN15940 specification regarding Cetan-number (CN) and Lubricity HFRR at 60°C (µm). Interested parties and customers please note Rolls-Royce Power Systems’ respective Fluids & Lubricants Specifications.    

What are the differences between HVO and fossil Diesel?

What are the differences between HVO and fossil Diesel?  Unlike fossil diesel, HVO consists only of saturated linear and branched hydrocarbon chains. HVO is free of aromatics and sulfur. This different chemical composition compared with fossil diesel is the reason for its low density and high ignition capability.  

Can HVO be mixed with fossil Diesel?

Yes, HVO can be blended in any ratio with fossil diesel or used pure (HVO 100). . The variable blending option with fossil diesel fuel eases the integration.  

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