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Rolls-Royce presents mtu technologies for sustainable propulsion, energy and service solutions at Euronaval

Posted on October 18, 2022

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  • mtu engines for use with sustainable fuels  
  • mtu future technologies for civilian applications generally also suitable for navies
  • mtu AR technology simplifies maintenance and increases reliability

Rolls-Royce will be presenting its mtu technologies for sustainable propulsion, energy supply, automation and service at the Euronaval marine trade fair in Paris from 18 to 21 October (Hall 6, Stand 568), under the motto ‘Pioneering the journey to Net Zero’. The focus will be on clean and efficient mtu diesel engines that are also suitable for use with sustainable fuels; innovative digital service solutions; and future technologies that the company is currently developing initially for use in commercial shipping and yachts. These include hybrid, methanol and fuel cell systems.  

Klaus Schmidt, Director Naval Application Engineering at Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems, said: “The topics of climate protection and sustainability are currently gaining in importance in the naval sector. We want to use Euronaval to enter into a dialogue with our partners from industry and the armed forces about which climate-friendly solutions will be the right ones for diverse naval applications.”  

Rolls-Royce Power Systems is evolving from an engine manufacturer to a provider of integrated sustainable solutions from bridge to propeller. The Rolls-Royce business unit is pioneering the development of methanol engines and already has hybrid propulsion systems for marine applications in its portfolio. Fuel cell solutions are soon to follow as another climate-friendly power and propulsion solution. Next year, Rolls-Royce will release its mtu Series 2000 and 4000 marine engines for sustainable fuels. This will enable the reduction of CO2 emissions from existing diesel engines by up to 90 per cent, compared to the use of fossil diesel, without any changes to infrastructure. Future versions of the proven mtu Series 1163 and 8000 large marine engines, which will meet the IMO Tier III emissions directive with mtu SCR systems, are also to be approved for use with sustainable fuels. They were recently unveiled at trade show SMM.  

“We consider synthetic fuels from sustainable sources to be the most realistic option for marine applications on the way to more climate-friendly use, at least for larger combat ships,” said Klaus Schmidt. “As a company that always wants to offer its customers the best and most suitable technical solutions, we are also prepared for other scenarios through our current development programmes. We look forward to exchanging ideas with our partners and customers during Euronaval and beyond.”  

Rolls-Royce Power Systems’ solution provider strategy also includes novel augmented reality (AR) technology that the company is presenting at Euronaval. It is a response to the challenge faced by many navies of having to keep increasingly complex propulsion systems running with fewer crew during longer deployments. The mtu AR technology acts as a kind of digital assistant: it presents the functioning of propulsion and energy systems in a very clear and easy-to-understand way through a combination of text, animations and videos and can help with maintenance and repair work. For this purpose, the AR system projects information onto physical hardware. During maintenance, for example, it shows which steps have to be carried out how and with which parts and tools are needed, all laid out on the physical hardware. In addition, the AR system can also show where components are located, for example sensors that have triggered an error message, and guide the user there.  

The mtu AR technology can be used either via glasses or a mobile device (tablet or smartphone). It provides an improved understanding of how systems work, simplifies maintenance, enables self-help even without many years of crew experience and increases safety on board. This new development from Rolls-Royce makes another important contribution to ensuring that navies can fulfil their mission reliably and successfully.  

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

  1. Rolls-Royce pioneers the power that matters to connect, power and protect society. We have pledged to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in our operations by 2030 (excluding product testing) and joined the UN Race to Zero campaign in 2020, affirming our ambition to play a fundamental role in enabling the sectors in which we operate achieve net zero carbon by 2050.
  2. Rolls-Royce Power Systems is headquartered in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany and employs around 9,000 people. The product portfolio includes mtu-brand high-speed engines and propulsion systems for ships, power generation, heavy land, rail and defence vehicles and for the oil and gas industry as well as diesel and gas systems and battery containers for mission critical, standby and continuous power, combined generation of heat and power, and microgrids and is intensively engaged in the development of climate-neutral solutions.
  3. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces and navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.
  4. Annual underlying revenue was £10.95 billion in 2021, underlying operating profit was £414m and we invested £1.18 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.
  5. Rolls-Royce Holdings plc is a publicly traded company (LSE:RR., ADR: RYCEY, LEI: 213800EC7997ZBLZJH69).


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