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Rolls-Royce Power Systems brand restructuring sees MTU name focused on product lines

The Rolls-Royce Power Systems business unit, with its core brand MTU, will present itself more clearly in the future as an integral part of the British Rolls-Royce engineering group. A new brand architecture is currently evolving, which will be visibly implemented as of autumn with the launch of the new MTU website. The company is one of the leading global suppliers of mining engines.

“The new, clear brand structure will support the PS 2030 strategy of the Power Systems business unit and the global growth path. Rolls-Royce will be the corporate brand and the employer brand,” the company said. “Consequently, the companies within the business unit that include MTU in their names will be given a new designation. MTU, as the brand name customers are familiar with, will continue to be used to identify the company’s products and solutions. The current MTU Onsite Energy brand for decentralised power supply systems will be integrated into MTU.”

One of the first visible steps to be taken will be the renaming of four operating companies, which manufacture products and solutions: MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH will thus become Rolls-Royce Solutions GmbH in autumn 2019. This will be followed by MTU America Inc, which in future will operate as Rolls-Royce Solutions America Inc. Today’s MTU Onsite Energy GmbH in Augsburg will become Rolls-Royce Solutions Augsburg GmbH and MTU Onsite Energy Systems GmbH in Ruhstorf will be renamed Rolls-Royce Solutions Ruhstorf GmbH. The remaining subsidiaries will successively be given new designations based on the above examples. The products of Bergen Engines will also be part of the new brand architecture.

“The new brand architecture will provide clarity and improve the recognition of our company and its products,” said Andreas Schell, CEO Rolls-Royce Power Systems. “Our new profile is a clear commitment to Rolls-Royce, as its second largest business unit. By the same token, Rolls-Royce is committed to our MTU brand, which is something we are proud of,” Schell added.

“The new brand profile will be visible with the launch of the MTU brand’s new website in autumn of this year. Additionally, company employees will be given e-mail addresses with the domain [email protected], plus new working clothes that will emphasise the affiliation of the MTU brand with Rolls-Royce.”

Bell ADTs benefitting from EU Stage V MTU Engines from Rolls-Royce

Bell Equipment, the articulated dump truck (ADT) specialist, recently received the first six Series 1000 – 1500 MTU engines from Rolls-Royce that meet the new EU Stage V emission standard, the engine specialist said.

The engines cover a power range from 170-430 kW.

The order had been preceded by a test phase of several years under the most adverse operating conditions in order to ensure the trucks would be guaranteed a reliable, cost-effective upgrade, according to Rolls-Royce. To this end, MTU’s off-road engine series were optimised to comply with the emission standard and a new exhaust aftertreatment system introduced.

In preparation for the more stringent emission requirements, Rolls-Royce had made two Stage V prototypes available to Bell for field trials in 2016 – a 260 kW MTU 6R 1000 engine and a 430 kW 6R 1500 were successfully tested in the hot, dusty climate of South Africa and for the tough conditions encountered at extreme altitudes of up to 3,000 m.

Bell and Rolls-Royce with the MTU brand have been working together closely since the 1990s, with Rolls-Royce not only the supplier of more than 1,000 MTU engines a year, but also the technology partner in all emission-related design and construction decisions – including the upgrading of the ADTs.

Stefan Rudert, Head of Sales and Application Engineering for Construction & Agriculture at MTU, said: “During the field trials, we accumulated an enormous amount of experience that goes way beyond any simulation on a test bench, since the real-life interplay between the engine and the vehicle affects the behaviour. Data obtained during the field tests, which we collected from sensors mounted on the engines was subsequently used in the configuration of the components.”

The new Stage V engines, which Bell will successively upgrade to, besides MTU’s current SCR exhaust technology, also include a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and a diesel particulate filter (DPF), with all components installed in a compact one-box solution behind the driver’s cab, according to the company.

“Another positive aspect of the new emissions technology is that it reduces fuel consumption,” the company said. “To prepare for the upgrade to the new emission regulation, Rolls-Royce had around 100 MTU engines undergoing trials with various vehicle manufacturers.

“In total, over 110,000 operating hours were accumulated as a result, with individual engines running non-stop for more than 4,000 hours. Since the trials had started at an early stage, the MTU engines were certified in accordance with the EU Stage V regulations by mid-2018, marketable and ready for series production.”

Rolls-Royce makes microgrid investment as energy storage takes off

Rolls-Royce has made an investment in Berlin-based start-up company Qinous GmbH as it looks to increase its exposure to the rapidly developing energy storage sector and bolster its microgrid offering.

Marcus Wassenberg, CFO and Labour Director at Rolls-Royce Power Systems, said: “As a strategic investor, the aim is to set up a partnership with Qinous for the development of innovative energy storage solutions and together offer cleaner solutions designed to meet tomorrow’s needs.”

The increased use of renewable energies has exacerbated the challenge of how to maintain a reliable energy supply, when weather conditions are unfavourable, to meet demand, according to Rolls-Royce.

Autonomous electricity networks, or microgrids, combine cogeneration plants, diesel- and gas-powered gensets and renewable sources with batteries and a control system that links up all the elements in an energy management system to optimise the energy usage technically and economically.

Qinous has gained considerable experience in the integration of battery storage and energy systems in microgrids in more than 30 projects worldwide and has already integrated MTU Onsite Energy systems from Rolls-Royce in such projects, Rolls-Royce said.

The investment made by Rolls-Royce is to expand the existing product portfolio and strengthen global sales and marketing activities, the company said.

Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, said: “We have identified our customers’ needs in terms of autonomous energy supply systems that are efficient, reliable and environmentally friendly. For this reason, we are now adding turnkey microgrids to our current portfolio.

“In addition to the diesel and gas gensets supplied by MTU Onsite Energy, together with our partners like Qinous we will now offer battery containers, include renewable power generation plants, and combine that with intelligent control. This strengthens our position as a provider of innovative power solutions able to supply our customers with microgrid systems tailored to their specific requirements.”

Microgrids can supply energy autonomously to remote locations, such as mining operations or islands that have no grid access.

When operated in parallel with existing infrastructure, they can provide an environmentally friendly supply of electric power to industrial companies or local communities while simultaneously providing support for the public grid.

“The most crucial component of a microgrid is an intelligent control system, which determines what power sources are to be used at what time in order to supply energy to the end user or top-up the battery system. This is done in accordance with the customer’s preference; for instance, whether they prefer low-cost electricity generation, the supply of renewable energy, or high rates of power availability,” Rolls-Royce said.

Rolls-Royce Power Systems is now setting up a microgrid demonstrator in Friedrichshafen, Germany, that will assist in the design of microgrids that meet customer specific requirements.