Biodiesel engine launched

Mon, 07 July 2014

One of the few engines available in Europe suitable for running on 100% biodiesel has received its UK launch from Mermaid Marine.

The Citius series of heavy duty engines from AGCO Power are built at the company’s main factory in Finland and comply with IMO 2 emission regulations and are future proofed for the forthcoming IMO 3 legislation.

The engines are available in four and six cylinder versions from 130hp to 410hp and are designed for extreme conditions from blistering equatorial heat to the harsh winters of Northern Europe.

“The importance of biodiesel is continuously increasing with biodiesel such as rapeseed accepted as an alternative fuel for use in engines,” explained Mermaid Marine sales executive Julian Osborne. “The fuel – either 100% biodiesel alone, or in any mixture ratio with diesel fuel according to EN 590 or ASTM D975 - can be used in all the engines which are equipped with a mechanic or electronically controlled injection pump.”

Direct injection technology, crossflow cylinder head, centrally supported cylinder liners and advanced turbocharger technology are also features of the engines.

Classic, sturdy basic construction is combined with new generation control electronics.

In addition, the engines are designed with easy to reach service points, explained Mr Osborne. “Fuel filters can be changed quickly without tools and fuel spill and spare parts are standardised between engine types which is of great benefit to owners.”

Mermaid Marine is also increasing its Mermaid J444 (JCB) range to 11 models from 55kW / 74hp to 120kW / 160hp with the complete four-cylinder range available from September and future scope for a six- cylinder range using JCB’s newly launched six-cylinder industrial engine.

Source:  Katina Read   cited 07/072014

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