Volvo Penta launches strongest industrial engine ever

Even an engine in the heaviest class can be fuel-efficient. Volvo Penta’s new 16-liter engine is proof of that – a power package for truly demanding applications. The engine is based on Volvo’s thoroughly tested 6-cylinder design, but contains several new features including an electronic control system that provides added operational reliability and optimal combustion.
The new high-efficiency engine has a displacement of 16.1 liters and is available in several configurations for generator sets as well as stationary industrial applications.

Built for demanding tasks
The new 16-liter engine offers more power than its predecessor, with improved low-rpm characteristics and up to 57% more torque (max 3,150 Nm between approximately 1,200 – 1,500 rpm).

Power levels – up to 604 kW – are also significantly greater than its predecessor.  Despite higher capacity and identical displacement, the new engine is somewhat more compact than the previous 16-liter engine.

High injection pressure for optimal combustion
Improved fuel efficiency and more complete combustion are two reasons for this higher capacity.  An injection pressure of up to 2,000 bar creates the requisite environment for optimal fuel combustion and results not only in lower fuel consumption, but also lower nitrogen oxide and particle emissions.

The engine meets all existing emissions requirements, and the new technology will allow for adaptations to meet future legislation.

EMS 2 – a new electronic control system
The powerful 16-liter engine is controlled by the electronic Engine Monitoring System 2 (EMS 2).  EMS 2 monitors and regulates a large number of engine components.  EMS 2 not only optimizes performance and fuel efficiency it also results in greater operational reliability and improved engine protection.

The engine’s fuel needs are analyzed up to 100 times per second.  By controlling injection levels and timing through fuel valves in the unit injectors, the engine always receives the amount of fuel that operating conditions demand.  The result is lower fuel consumption and cleaner exhaust emissions, as well as a more responsive engine at increased loads.

Furthermore, the advanced electronics provide improved engine protection by monitoring piston cooling and crankcase pressure.

EMS 2 also enables machine manufacturers to integrate all electronics into one unified system.

Ready for quick and secure installation
For stationary applications, the engine can be delivered in the Powerpac configuration, complete with frame and mounted radiator.

For generator use, the engine can be delivered complete with radiator, mounted on a special wooden transport frame.  This minimizes the risk of damage during transit or missing pieces.  For manufacturers, this solution results in easier handling during assembly of generator sets.

Yet another alternative is the so-called Genpac design, in which the engine is delivered as a complete unit, mounted on a pullout steel frame, upon which the generator and other components are mounted.

Concept similarities hold many advantages
Like Volvo Penta’s 9 and 12-liter engines, the new 16-liter engine is a straight 6.  There are several advantages to that construction over a V8 engine.  Fewer components, improved cooling ability, as well as a larger crank and crankshaft bearing space are a few examples.
The fact that Volvo Penta’s 9, 12 and 16-liter engines have many technical similarities means that service and maintenance is performed in virtually the same manner, regardless of engine model.  Moreover, they share several filters and spare parts in common, which will aid in easy accessibility and simplified inventory management of parts.


Fast and simple engine diagnosis using VODIA
The new 16-liter engine can – like all of Volvo Penta’s electronically controlled engines – be connected to VODIA.  VODIA is an easy-to-use service tool for testing, troubleshooting and diagnosis, and it fits in a pocket.  VODIA can also be used to adjust numerous parameters within the engine.


Spare parts, service and expertise are always close at hand
Volvo Penta’s network of retailers and service technicians cover more than 100 countries.  Thanks to an efficient distribution system, spare parts can be delivered on  short notice.
Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of heavy diesel engines.  Volvo’s engines are renowned for their high-tech performance, unsurpassed reliability and good environmental characteristics.

Technical data
Engine designation: ..............TAD1640GE.............. TAD1641GE.............. TAD1642GE
Electrical power 1500 rpm:...506 kVA.....................556 kVA.................... 627 kVA
Electrical power 1800 rpm:.. 450 kWe.................... 513 kWe.................... 550 kWe
Configuration: Straight 6-cylinder diesel engines, turbo with air-to-air charge-air  cooler
Displacement: 16.12 l
Weight: 1480 kg (Dry weight)
Engine monitoring system: EMS 2
Exhaust emissions: Fulfills TA air and EPA stage 2

Engine designation:...................TAD1641VE......................................TAD1642VE
Crankshaft power:...................405 kW at1,800 rpm (551hp)............479 kW at1,800 rpm (651hp)
Maximum torque movement:.....2,706 Nm at1,200 rpm...................... 3,150 Nm at1,200 rpm
Configuration:Straight 6-cylinder diesel engines, turbo with air-to-air charge-air  cooler
Displacement:    16.12 l
Weight:1440 kg (Dry weight)
Engine monitoring system: EMS 2
Exhaust emissions: Fulfills TA air and EPA stage 2

For more information, please contact: Ann-Charlotte Emegård, AB Volvo Penta,
Phone: +46 31 66 84 18, Email: ann-charlotte [dot] emegard [at] volvo [dot] com