Technological shift with Volvo Penta D16

The new 16-liter engine, a technological shift in commercial shipping. With electronics and state-of-the-art technology, Volvo Penta now has a marine diesel engine with outstanding torque and more than 150 hp in output than its predecessor.

The new Volvo Penta D16 has all the necessary requirements to meet the toughest demands within commercial shipping. The new diesel engine is reliable, fuel efficient and fast. With a peak output of 750 hp in rating 2, it’s a full 150 hp more that its predecessor, but with the equivalent installation dimensions and weight.

The high-torque is a result of, among other features, a centrally mounted twin entry turbo that facilitates pulse charging, that is the power from each exhaust pulse is used to produce turbo pressure. Consequently, this generates high torque at low rpm – a full 50 to 90 percent higher than its predecessor.

EMS 2 is an electronically controlled engine management system developed by Volvo Penta to meet future emission regulations. The system monitors and regulates a large number of components in the engine, the engine’s fuel requirements are also analyzed with high precision up to 100 times a second. EMS 2 optimizes the performance and fuel efficiency, but also results in increased operational safety and improved engine protection. The D16 complies with emission regulations for IMO, EPA 2, River Rhine level 2 and DNV’s Clean Design.

“Volvo Penta’s 9-, 12- and 16-liter engines have a great deal of technology and components in common and this means that service and maintenance is essentially performed in the same manner, regardless of the engine model. In addition, more filters and spare parts are common, which guarantees extensive access and easier parts stocking,” says Anders Hård, Volvo Penta’s Project Manager for the D16.

Designers and shipyards will also benefit from the fact that the installation of the different engines has much in common.

The D16 is developed jointly for the entire Volvo Group, which results in major coordination advantages and the opportunity to employ the latest diesel engine technology. The engines are manufactured in Volvo’s automated engine plant that has designed its assembly line to also perform the marine adjustments necessary, resulting in a high and steady quality.