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Rolls-Royce in MTU R&D investment

Rolls-Royce Power Systems is investing in the development of next-generation combustion engines at its MTU unit, commissioning the first new test stands in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Rolls-Royce Power Systems has invested some €40 million in new testing facilities.

Dr Ulrich Dohle, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, explains: ‘Technology on the combustion engine of the future is going to be even more complex than that of its predecessors, so we have to make absolutely sure that we have the capacity to carry out tests and trials on our new products reliably and intensively.’

Among areas set to be explored are new combustion processes, advanced technologies for electronic regulation and control and, from mid-2016, alternative fuels such as gas.

Dohle added: ‘Exhaust after treatment is one of our technologies for MTU engines. We are making a major research effort in this area because we want to develop diesel particulate filter and SCR technologies as far as we can ourselves. That will put us in a position to provide customers with a complete systems package.’

Construction of the 9000 square metre building that houses the test stands was begun in spring 2013 and recently completed. The first three test stands for testing 2500 kW engines were set up in the first phase. Now underway is construction of a gas supply network for gas engine research.