The 10-Year "HERCULES" R&D Program on Marine Engines The 10-Year "HERCULES" R&D Program on Marine Engines
The HERCULES programme was conceived as a strategic R&D Plan, to develop the future generation of optimally efficient and clean marine diesel powerplants. The project is the outcome of a joint vision by the two major European engine manufacturer Groups, MAN Diesel & Turbo and WARTSILA, which together hold 90% of the world's marine engine market.<BR>In the year 2003, a common long-term R&D program was put forward of 10 years duration and 100 MioEUR budget, to develop new technologies for marine engines:<BR>· To increase engine efficiency, thus reduce fuel consumption and CO<sub>2</sub> emissions.<BR>· To reduce gaseous & particulate emissions.<BR>· To increase engine reliability<BR>In the year 2004, the Integrated project I.P. HERCULES (High Efficiency Engine R&D on Combustion with Ultra Low Emissions for Ships) was funded by the European Union. It was the 1<sub>st</sub> phase of the HERCULES programme. The I.P. HERCULES (A) was broad in the coverage of the various R&D topics.<BR>HERCULES - B was the Phase II of the original Programme concept and runs from 2008 to 2012. Based on the results of I.P. HERCULES (A), it further develops the most promising techniques.<BR>The HERCULES-C project (2012-2015) is the Phase III of the HERCULES programme and adopts a combinatory approach for engine processes optimization, system integration, as well as engine reliability and lifetime.<BR>The paper presents an overview of the programme HERCULES.
- Marine engineering : journal of the Japan Institution of Marine Engineering = マリンエンジニアリング : 日本マリンエンジニアリング学会誌
Marine engineering : journal of the Japan Institution of Marine Engineering = マリンエンジニアリング : 日本マリンエンジニアリング学会誌 47(3), 305-310, 2012-05-01