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Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
MHI to Install Marine Diesel Engine Testing Equipment at Kobe Shipyard
To Meet IMO Tier III NOx Emission Regulations, Targeting 80% Reduction

TOKYO, Oct 15, 2010 - (ACN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) will install testing equipment for two-stroke, low-speed marine diesel engines at the company's Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works in Hyogo, Japan. Installation is slated for completion in the spring of 2012. The testing system will be used for verification of various elemental technologies to satisfy the Tier III nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission standards of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Those standards require operators of marine diesel engines installed on ships constructed on or after January 1, 2016 and operating in emissions-controlled areas to reduce NOx emissions by about 80% from the current Tier I regulated level.

The "4UE-X3" testing system will be manufactured based on MHI's Mitsubishi-UE Diesel Engine "UEC60LSE-Eco" model, an electronically controlled 600 millimeter cylinder-bore four-cylinder engine. In preparing to satisfy Tier III regulations, MHI has already begun verification of the company's de-NOx system that adopts selective catalytic reduction (SCR)* and will verify elemental technologies such as exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and stratified water injection by the new testing system. In operating the testing equipment, MHI also plans to test technology for MEET - the Mitsubishi Marine Energy & Environmental Technical Solution System, a scheme whereby the company is aiming to propose various MHI marine-use machinery products as a package.

MHI has been operating a single-cylinder testing machine at its Nagasaki Research & Development Center, but opted to introduce multi-cylinder large-size testing equipment in order to accommodate the need for the company's engines to satisfy increasingly stringent environmental regulations in the coming years. Through introduction of the new testing system MHI will also accelerate further development of energy-saving related technologies as a global leader in the low-speed marine diesel industry, toward commercialization of even more reliable and efficient products.

Adjoining the new testing equipment, MHI will set up a training facility where disassembly maintenance work of major components of both electronically and mechanically controlled diesel engines can be practiced. By locating the training center near to the testing system, trainings of engine operation and maintenance using the test machine will be possible. With these two facilities, MHI will be able to respond to customers' needs and provide enhanced high-quality services globally, at the same time upgrading after-sale service capability of UE engine licensees in Japan and other countries. Leveraging its comprehensive strength in handling all processes from engine development and design to manufacture, the company will thereby further strengthen its services to customers and licensees in both production and maintenance technology.

Note: Selective catalytic reduction is regarded to be a cost-efficient method that has minimal negative impact on fuel efficiency and eliminates the need for platinum, a precious metal, in a de-NOx catalyst. Used in combination with other methods, SCR achieves high de-NOx capability.

About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group is one of the world's leading industrial firms. For more than 130 years, we have channeled big thinking into solutions that move the world forward - advancing the lives of everyone who shares our planet. We deliver innovative and integrated solutions across a wide range of industries, covering land, sea, sky and even space. MHI Group employs 80,000 people across 400 locations, operating in three business domains: "Power Systems," "Industry & Infrastructure," "Aircraft, Defense & Space." We have a consolidated revenue of around 40 billion U.S. Dollars. We aim to contribute to environmental sustainability while achieving global growth, using our leading-edge technologies. By bringing people and ideas together as one, we continue to pave the way to a future of shared success.

For more information, please visit MHI's website: https://www.mhi.com
For Technology, Trends and Tangents, visit MHI's new online media SPECTRA: https://spectra.mhi.com

Contact:
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Hideo Ikuno
[email protected]
+81-3-6716-5277


Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Topic: Environment Issue
Sectors: Logistics & Supply Chain, Environment
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