Rolls-Royce to offer hybrid yacht propulsion systems

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Rolls-Royce says it is launching a range of sustainable MTU propulsion solutions for yachts, including new hybrid options. The first large yachts are already running with systems based on the MTU Series 4000, which are certified for IMO III emissions regulations. Brand new on the market from April 2022 will be MTU Series 2000 propulsion systems with exhaust gas aftertreatment for production yachts. “More new technologies will follow to help yacht manufacturers and operators achieve their sustainability goals and those of the Paris Climate Agreement,” explained Nicola Camuffo, who heads the Yacht Competence Centre of Rolls-Royce’s Power Systems business unit in La Spezia, Italy.

Rolls-Royce says it will initially offer hybrid solutions for production yachts with MTU Series 2000 engines and variable electric power from 2023, covering a power range of approximately 1,000-1,939kW per powertrain. In addition to the engines, the system includes electric motors, gearboxes, batteries, control and monitoring systems and other electronic components. Rolls-Royce’s concept for an MTU series hybrid system comprises a modular building kit with standardized components and concepts for different vessel types and sizes.

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