Ricardo to assist Greaves with fuel-efficient, low emissions generator set engine development

Ricardo to assist Greaves with fuel-efficient, low emissions generator set engine development
30 October 2011

It has been announced today that Ricardo has been contracted by Greaves Cotton Ltd – one of India’s leading and most well-diversified engineering companies – to support it in the development of a new family of generator set engines conforming to future international emissions regulations.

The new D Series diesel engine family will extend from an in-line 6-cylinder unit through to a V12 configuration, with rated powers ranging from 180 to 440 kW. The engine family is intended for generator set applications – in particular the high demand 250kVA and 500kVA segments in India – and will provide Greaves with the best in class engine for both manufacturing and operating costs. It will also be the first time that Greaves has introduced high pressure common rail fuel injection on engines in this segment, providing a base engine capable of meeting world emission standards. This is reflected in the fact that the D Series engine family will be engineered from the outset to be US Tier 3 compliant with a clear upgrade path protection to Tier 4 compliance without significant hardware change. The project will be completed in close collaboration between Ricardo engineers working both at the company’s UK and Indian facilities, together with the engineers and resources of the Greaves technical centre in Pune, India. Work on the project will commence immediately with start of production planned for 2013.

Commenting on the announcement of this important new engine contract with Greaves Cotton, Ricardo India president Mayank Agochiya said: “Ricardo is extremely proud to have been selected by Greaves for this important new engine project which will see both companies working together to create a class-leading and internationally competitive product in terms of fuel economy and emissions compliance. This project builds upon a longstanding and successful engineering relationship between Ricardo and Greaves, and we look forward to working together to create an exciting and highly competitive new engine family.”

Mr. B.P. Jetty, president (Corporate Manufacturing Services & Technology), of Greaves Cotton Ltd added: “Greaves Cotton Ltd and Ricardo both have long and proud histories and share a strong ethos of engineering and technology. Our engineering teams are thus ideally suited to working together to deliver state-of-the-art products required by both Indian and international markets and we are pleased to be working with Ricardo on the new D series engine family.”


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