GE Launches New Waukesha VGF Gas Engines with Advanced Controls
GE’s Distributed Power business announced the introduction of its new Waukesha VGF high-speed gas engine models that, for the first time, combine the company’s compact gas engine design with advanced controls normally used in GE’s larger Waukesha units.
Previously used only for stationary applications before the upgrades, the new F18SE and H24SE VGF models will be available with EPA non-road (mobile) certification for air quality, allowing the units to also be deployed for mobile applications. The certification on the engine also includes coverage for certain stationary applications.
Until now, engine packagers would buy the engine from GE or another supplier and then the three-way catalyst and air-fuel ratio control systems from other suppliers. But with the introduction of GE’s new Waukesha VGF models with the emPact product offering, GE is offering packagers and end users a “one-stop shop” for the gas engine, controls and after-treatment systems.
The new VGF F18SE and H24SE engines with advanced controls already have been deployed for a half dozen successful U.S. demonstration projects. The new engines will be commercially available in the first quarter of 2016.