Fairbanks Morse Unveils New Trident OP Engine
LAS VEGAS — Fairbanks Morse, an EnPro Industries company, has introduced its new Trident OP 3.8 MW opposed piston diesel engine that boasts 50 percent fuel efficiency, which is best-in-class when compared with leading medium speed engines, the company said in a Dec. 5 release.
Affordable reliability is of critical importance for base load power generation. The Trident OP bypasses minor overhauls that other high- or medium-speed engines require around 20,000 hours and can run for 40,000 hours until the first major servicing. Additionally, the engine has embedded smart sensors and controls that communicate in real-time to the Fairbanks Morse PoweReliability platform — a cloud-enabled, condition-based monitoring solution also launched today that is allowing the company to offer first-of-its-kind fuel consumption and reliability guarantees for prime power customers.
“The Trident OP has been designed from the ground up and leverages Fairbanks Morse’s 85 years of experience designing and manufacturing the only medium-speed, opposed-piston engines available in the world,” said Marvin Riley, Fairbanks Morse president. “Known for their fuel efficiency and reliability, our opposed piston engines have been trusted in distributed, baseload power for decades. Today, we are excited to announce a new, proud chapter in our history of ingenuity and innovation with this breakthrough in fuel efficiency and advanced engine design allowing Fairbanks Morse to deliver power where it is needed most in the world.”
The Trident OP gives significant total life-cycle cost savings with far lower lifetime fuel expenses, lower total part count, and fewer moving parts when compared to conventional engines. Counter-rotating crankshafts and counter-reciprocating piston assemblies inherently balance the Trident OP, resulting in lower vibrations and greater reliability. Advanced engineering design and selective catalytic reduction help the 60 Hz model of the engine achieve an EPA Tier 4F emissions rating and can be adjusted to meet even the most stringent emissions standards. Withstanding challenging operating and environmental conditions with ease, this cost-effective solution delivers high performance with lower overall costs, making the Trident OP ideally suited for modern power applications by maintaining maximum uptime.
“The Trident OP has lower total life-cycle cost for most scenarios where a significant amount of fuel is expected to be consumed,” said Mark Kuhn, vice president at global engineering and environmental consultancy Ricardo. “For example, in a typical continuous power generation scenario with an annual uptime of 8,500 hours, the lower operating cost of the Trident OP engine pays off in less than two years. Even with reduced annual operational time down to 1,300 hours, the Trident OP engine is still less expensive to own and operate than a conventional high-speed engine.”