7 March 2013, UK- Aggreko, the world leader in the supply of temporary power and temperature control, is pleased to announce the launch of a new ultra-efficient 1 MW engine that will provide its customers with more power at lower cost in the years to come.
Developed in conjunction with Ricardo plc, the global engineering and technology consultancy, and with the support of Cummins, the engine manufacturer, the G3+ is the product of a three–year, £6 million development programme. This is the first time that Aggreko has moved into developing its own engine technology.
The development team were set a series of simple challenges; to create the world’s most efficient 1 MW diesel engine for utility power; one that could also run on Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO); and one that could also be retrofitted into Aggreko’s existing fleet of 4,500 gensets.
The result is the G3+, a significant upgrade on the existing G3 engines that currently power the majority of Aggreko’s fleet. The new engine produces 14 per cent more power at 12 per cent lower cost per MW than a standard G3 engine. The G3+HFO variant of the new engine is also the first of its kind that can run on HFO. This produces power at around half the cost in terms of $/MW than traditional diesel alternatives.
The new engine is already being installed into Aggreko’s existing fleet. In addition Aggreko is pleased to announce its first HFO order, a 56 MW installation in the Caribbean, demonstrating the latent client demand for this option. The remainder of Aggreko’s fleet will be upgraded to the G3+ as part of their 25,000 hour service.
Rupert Soames, Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted to be able to announce this significant step forward for Aggreko and the temporary power industry as a whole. We set the development team some testing targets and they rose to the challenge and I would like to thank Ricardo and Cummins for their support. The G3+ engine sets new industry standards in terms of output and cost efficiency and puts us in an even stronger position with customers. Meanwhile the HFO variant means that Aggreko is the only temporary power provider in the world that can offer customers a full range of fuels – diesel, gas or HFO, at prices that compare increasingly favourably to those of permanent power.”