Framework Programme 7 for R&D
About Hercules
  Workpackage 1: Extreme Parameters Engines
  Workpackage 2: Combustion
  Workpackage 3: Turbocharging
  Workpackage 5: Exhaust Emission Reduction
  Task 5.1
  Task 5.2
  Workpackage 6: Overall power train optimization
  Workpackage 7: Advanced Materials, Friction and Wear
  Workpackage 8: Electronics and Control
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Task 5.1: Emission reduction methods


  • Extend or corroborate the know-how on characterization of particulate emissions from marine engines - total mass, size distribution and composition along with toxicological tests - and their dependence on parameters such as fuels and engine settings
  • Develop models of soot and particulate formation mechanisms including classification of different sources for various fuel qualities
  • Evaluate and further develop SOx and particulate matter removal technologies
  • Develop and optimise engine-integrated SCR systems
  • Investigate alternative NOx reduction concepts for emissions reductions beyond 60%, on the basis of the further development of "wet", as well as, "dry" methods and their combinations
  • Demonstrate ultra-low emissions concepts applicable to marine engines

EMPA, Swiss Federal Laboratories

University of Kuopio

VTT Technical Research Centre Of Finland
Wartsila Finland OY
Wartsila Schweiz AG
Lloyds Register (EXAG)
Det Norske Veritas
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