18 June 2002 – MTU Friedrichshafen, part of Germany’s DaimlerChrysler group, presented a new genset engine for the first time at POWER-GEN Europe. The 20V 4000 has a maximum output of 3010 kW and is the most powerful engine in the world that can be used at both 1500 and 1800 r/min. It is suitable for both 50 and 60 Hz applications.
MTU says that the engine sets new standards and is “clean, powerful and economical”. Its power-to-weight ratio offers new genset concepts such as emergency power applications located on upper floors of buildings.
The 20V 4000 can be optimized to meet the strictest emission regulations and has been designed for long maintenance intervals.
Like all of MTU’s engines, the 20V 4000 is controlled by the electronic engine management system MDEC (MTU Diesel Engine Control). The system enables the engine to be easily integrated into complete generator systems and to be included into integral controls alongside other propulsion components like cooling, gears, generators and pumps.
Four additional cylinders with larger cubic capacity has resulted in the 20V 4000 having a performance 35 per cent better than the 16V 4000. The fuel optimized version consumes around 192 g/kWh at full capacity.