The technology group Wärtsilä announces another milestone achievement with regard to its Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engine. The 34DF engine has been awarded the USA Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Tier III certification for diesel mode operation when installed together with the Wärtsilä NOx Reducer (NOR) system. The Wärtsilä NOR is a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system that converts nitrogen oxides (NOx) with the aid of a catalyst into diatomic nitrogen (N2) and water. Wärtsilä is the first engine manufacturer to be awarded this certification.
The benefit of this award is that shipyards now need only a single party to certify both the engine and the SCR system for full compliance with the latest emission regulations. The Wärtsilä 34DF has already been awarded EPA Tier III certification of emissions compliance from the EPA in 2017 for operating in gas mode without an SCR system.
“This is a very meaningful achievement since it allows operators complete fuel flexibility when sailing in NOx emission control areas. It represents further validation of Wärtsilä’s technological leadership in working towards greater environmental sustainability and a cleaner shipping industry,” says Stefan Wiik, Vice President, Marine Power Solutions, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.
The US EPA Tier III NOx requirements entered into force in 2016 for Category 3 engine sizes (engines with a cylinder displacement at or above 30 liter/cylinder) to be installed in USA flagged or registered vessels.
At the same time, the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) NOx Tier III requirements also entered into force in North American and US Caribbean emission control areas (ECAs) from January 2016 for vessels with a keel-laying date on or after 1st January 2016 and an engine output of ≥ 130kW.
The Wärtsilä 34DF engine is now certified for both the EPA Tier III and the IMO Tier III emission standards in diesel mode operation when installed together with the Wärtsilä NOx Reducer SCR system, as well as in gas mode without exhaust after-treatment.
The Wärtsilä 34DF engine
The 34DF engine features advanced dual-fuel technology and high efficiency. For marine applications, it is manufactured in configurations from 6 to 16 cylinders covering a power range of 2880 – 8000kW. Based on the well proven and reliable Wärtsilä 32 diesel engine introduced in the mid-1990s, the Wärtsilä 34DF’s fuel flexibility means that the engine can be optimised for constant speed generating sets, as well as variable speed mechanical drives for main engine applications.