Voith, RTS Bring Starting System To Recip Engines – EcoStart Provides Closed-Loop Startups

By DJ Slater09 August 2019

Voith Turbo and Reciprocating Technology Services (RTS) have collaborated on a product designed to ensure gas compression engines start up properly and consistently while also keeping emissions in check.

That product – the Voith EcoStart – is a hydraulic control system that functions as a starting system for reciprocating engines ranging from 1000 to 6500 hp (746 to 4847 kW). With its ability to precisely control hydraulic energy, the EcoStart can eliminate emissions when an engine starts, as well as provide slow roll and soft start capabilities.

“Essentially, the design efficiently utilizes hydraulic energy to provide precise control for multiple safe, reliable engine starts with zero emissions,” said Thad Berry, a sales account manager with Voith Turbo. “It provides reliable, repeatable engine starts. We eliminate vented emissions during every start cycle.”

The EcoStart consists of an electric motor, integral gear pump, controller, oil supply and valving and flanging actuators all mounted on a modular skid. Users have the option of adding redundant motors if needed.

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