Diesel costs in Korea have risen by some 30% over the past six months. ICT will aim to integrate the REGEN system with a reduced output diesel engine to measure and verify fuel savings. Providing this integration is successful, the terminal will retrofit an additional seven RTGs and in 2008 will purchase eight new RTGs that will have the REGEN system installed by the manufacturer prior to delivery.
Fuel savings are achieved by the REGEN unit harnessing power generated during lifting operations and using it during the crane’s peak lifting cycles. It also saves fuel during idling, to give an overall fuel cost reduction in the range of 30% to 40%. VYCON has previously successfully installed the system at ports in Southern California as an emission reduction system, where it has offered a reduction of up to 67% in particulate emissions.
“This application is the next step in the introduction of our REGEN system into the shipyard crane market. As operators overhaul their diesel engines, they will have the opportunity to replace them with smaller engines at the same cost of overhaul and achieve double the fuel savings with the REGEN system,” said Louis Romo, vice president business development at VYCON.