Rolls-Royce and MAN Energy Solutions have signed an agreement for a strategic partnership that will see MAN’s PBST brand distribute mtu turbochargers. The collaboration combines PBST’s global sales structure for turbochargers with Rolls-Royce’s latest high-efficiency mtu turbocharger technology for high-speed diesel and gas engines.

For Rolls-Royce, the cooperation creates a new channel for sales in addition to Woodward L’Orange. PBST will include the latest generation of the mtu turbocharger family ZR1 to ZR5 in its product portfolio and will distribute them under the series name HIRO in the future.

‘The mtu brand is characterised above all by its in-depth know-how in high-speed applications,’ says Dr. Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Energy Solutions. ‘Thanks to this product expansion, we are now able to offer our customers exactly the right turbocharger for their high-, medium- and low-speed applications under one roof via the PBST brand.’

The power of an internal combustion engine can be increased by turbocharging. A turbocharger compresses the air so that more oxygen flows into the combustion chamber. This allows more fuel to burn, and engine output increases accordingly. The turbocharger is driven by the exhaust gas, which makes turbocharged diesel and gas engines very efficient.

Modular system

The mtu turbochargers are offered on the basis of a modular system for engines in the 400 to 2500 kW power ranges in single- and two-stage versions. Rolls-Royce designs them to meet the specific requirements of various applications such as marine, rail, construction, heavy land vehicles and power supply.

‘Advanced turbocharging helps engines achieve low fuel consumption and high power over a wide speed range. It is an important building block for meeting increasingly stringent emission requirements in the future – without compromising engine performance or efficiency,’ explains Dr. Otto Preiss, Chief Technology Officer and COO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems. ‘With the aim of offering new propulsion and energy solutions for a climate-neutral future, we are also currently working on electrically assisted turbochargers for greater agility and lower fuel consumption, as well as on turbocharger concepts for fuel cells.’

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Picture: Assembly of turbochargers on mtu engines at Rolls-Royce Power Systems.