Rolls-Royce and Sanlorenzo team up for methanol propulsion for luxury yachts
Rolls-Royce and Italian yacht builder
The two companies announced an exclusive memorandum of understanding to this effect for yachts between 40 and 70 meters on the eve of the opening of the Cannes Yachting Festival 2022. Powered by two mtu methanol engines based on the 4000 series, the
“We are making shipping more environmentally friendly and more climate friendly, and this agreement is a big step in the right direction,” said
Green methanol is climate-friendly and carbon-neutral because it is produced from solar or wind energy: The first step is to take hydrogen and synthesize it into methanol (CH3HO) using carbon and air oxygen. The carbon in the form of CO2 is released into the air during combustion – but no more than was removed during the production of the fuel. As a result, the cycle is carbon neutral. “It allows us to create a radically different yacht ownership experience,” Kurtulus said. Particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions are also far lower than diesel engines, keeping NOx within limits without an exhaust-treating SCR unit.
The methanol engine, which is expected to be spark ignition, will be based on the winning 4000 mtu series. “Our many years of experience and extensive expertise in mobile and stationary gas engines will give us a head start in development,” said Dr.
“We are delighted to see Italian shipyards, which are prominent in the yacht market, showing a strong interest in sustainable technologies. This collaboration with
The plan is to build a large
Typically, developers expect the power output of a methanol propulsion system to be about one-third less than that of a diesel system of the same size and mass. “Actually, it’s not very important,” Kurtulus said. “This is because larger and heavier engines are more likely to be fitted in large yachts of 40-50 meters in length than in smaller vessels, and yacht owners who want to be climate friendly and environmentally friendly generally do not seek to wring out the last ounce of power. We are witnessing a trend reversal in the market. In many cases, engine power alone will no longer be the benchmark. Instead, there will be more and more customers who want to do their part to protect the climate and now we can offer them a solution too,” concluded
Alongside the Cannes Yacht Festival, Rolls-Royce will showcase new marine propulsion, automation and mtu service solutions – including methanol engines and fuel cell systems – under the slogan “Pioneering the journey to net zero at SMM, the international maritime industry trade show, in
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