Rolls-Royce has announced their intention of bringing a series of fully integrated hybrid ship motors of the MTU brand to the market in 2020. The motor systems will be used for yachts, working ships, ferries and patrol boats in a performance area from 1 to 4 MW.
For 2019, the company has announced the start of testing. Knut Müller, head of the Marine and Government business at MTU, stated that due to a modular construction approach, the hybrid motor systems could flexibly be adjusted to individual customer needs. For tugboats, for example, it would be possible to do the heavy lifting with the full capacity of the hybrid system, while doing fine maneuvering with only the electric subsystem.
The specific plans will have MTU motor systems of the 2000 series available in 2020 with a combination of either one or two electric motors per powertrain with 150 kW each, covering a performance range of 1,000 to 2,000 kW per powertrain. The portfolio will be expanded in 2021, when the performance range will be increased to cover from 1,000 to 4,000 kW.