MAN Energy Solutions and CleanTech company, Orcan Energy, have signed a cooperation agreement to develop technologies for waste heat recovery.

Orcan Energy offers an energy-efficient solution that allows waste heat from the engine to be used to simultaneously increase efficiency and reduce emissions. The efficiency PACK technology will be made available to MAN Energy Solutions’ marine and power plant customers for retrofitting their engines.

“We have made it our mission to reduce harmful emissions,” said Dr. Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Energy Solutions, commenting on the new collaboration. “This also means that we are offering our customers the most advanced technologies for optimizing the efficiency and environmental friendliness of their systems.”

“Orcan Energy … has established a high-performance product line… that allows them to increase the efficiency of their MAN engines with leading technology for utilizing waste heat,” said Dr. Thomas Spindler, head of upgrades & retrofits at MAN Energy Solutions.

When equipped with an Orcan Energy efficiency PACK, the efficiency of a MAN 18V48/60 engine, for example, can be increased by almost four per cent, thereby saving 1,220 tons of fuel and 3,830 tons of CO2 per year.

“We are happy that we can now put our products on the market even faster thanks to this new sales channel, and boost the use of energy-efficient solutions worldwide,” explains Dr. Andreas Sichert, CEO of Orcan Energy AG.

Orcan Energy’s energy-efficient solutions are based on ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle) technology. Orcan Energy has repurposed this technology, until now used primarily in large-scale systems, for use in the modular product sector. The technology works in a similar way to steam power plants. By using organic media, which evaporate at lower temperatures than water, the waste heat can also be used at comparatively low temperatures of 60 degrees Celsius and above. This allows engine exhaust gases, as well as steam, thermal oil, and cooling water, to contribute to reducing CO2 emissions simply and efficiently.

Image courtesy of MAN Energy Solutions: Dr Uwe Lauber (left), CEO of MAN Energy Solutions, and Dr Andreas Sichert (right), CEO of Orcan Energy AG