A new white paper highlights a holistic approach to help ship owners and operators decarbonise their vessels
The X-Act Initiative, published by Swiss marine power company WinGD, outlines the company’s development programmes in five areas – advanced engine technologies, core engine development, green technologies, digitalisation and the autonomous engine room.
“To decarbonise shipping at the pace that society demands, we must act immediately and across several areas. A coordinated approach across these efforts maximises the possibility that WinGD’s ecosystem of solutions will deliver the breakthroughs that shipping needs,” said Dominik Schneiter, vice president research & development, WinGD.
Projects outlined in the white paper include the latest generation of dual-fuel engine technologies, novel on-engine emission abatement systems, alternative fuel developments and advances in hybrid energy system integration and control software.
WinGD provides opportunities for rapid decarbonisation and wider emission reduction across its engine portfolio, most notably through the dual-fuel X-DF range.
These engines are already capable of using carbon-neutral fuels including synthetic and bio-LNG, while the latest X-DF2.0 technologies further improve both methane slip and overall greenhouse gas emissions performance.
The company has recently outlined the timeframe for adding ammonia and methanol capability to its engines.
It has also invested in developing expertise in hybrid power arrangement design and integration. Its first system integration contract is underway for four newbuild car carriers featuring WinGD’s X-DF dual-fuel LNG engines and batteries being built for NYK Line.