A project of the magnitude of HERCULES-C is only possible through the active involvement of all actors in the area of marine engines: manufacturers, suppliers, research organisations, end-users.
The map below shows the geographic spread of the 25 participating organisations of the HERCULES-C Project. It is obvious that this project has mobilised a multitude of Organisations throughout Europe.
Europe map with HERCULES-C participating organisations sites
In the HERCULES-C Project there are 25 participating organisations (22 partners and 3 EXAG) from 10 countries, of which 9 are EU Member Countries (Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Sweden, United Kingdom, Czech Republic), and 1 is Associated to FP7 Countries (Switzerland).
There are 12 (50%) Industrial participants, 7 (27%) Universities, 3 (11%) Research organisations, 3 User / Operator EXAG companies.
The Project is led by two major Partner groups of engine manufacturers, namely, MAN and Wärtsilä. These engine manufacturers cover together about 90% of the world's marine engine market (medium- and lowspeed engines).
The HERCULES programme is in the first time that the two engine maker Groups participate together in a project with commonly defined Research Areas. The fact that these companies are strong competitors in the same market means that each company had to independently maintain their specific development targets. However, the two groups have similar mission statements related to the responsibility towards preservation of the environment and the rational use of the earth's resources. The HERCULES programme is sustaining these common objectives.
All the other industrial partners are top companies in the global market with 30% of these industrial partners being the world's leader in their field. Of the 12 Industrial partners, 2 have never before participated in EU sponsored RTD projects (#12 and #20) and 2 are SME's (#6 and #11).
The 10 European University Laboratories and Research Institutes are renowned worldwide for research excellence in their field.
The User/Operator Shipping Companies in the EXAG group are the very large worldwide operators, Stena Rederi AB that commands more than 170 ships, Hapag Lloyd AG one of the largest container shipping lines in the world with more than 120 ships and A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S the largest container ship and supply vessel operator in the world with more than 500 ships.
The tie-up of these European world-leading Organisations and the integration of research capacities, in a project of such magnitude and long term scope, aiming at specific objectives with strategic impact of global significance, has been inconceivable in the past.
|National Technical University of Athens||Greece|
|ABB Turbo Systems AG||Switzerland|
|Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola AB||Sweden|
|Danfoss IXA AS||Denmark|
|Danmarks Tekniske Universitet||Denmark|
|Engineered Performance Coatings||United Kingdom|
|Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich||Switzerland|
|Federal-Mogul Burscheid GmbH||Germany|
|FOS Faseroptische Systeme Messtechnik GmbH||Germany|
|Gehring Technologies GmbH||Germany|
|Hapag Lloyd AG (EXAG)||Germany|
|IFP Energies Nouvelles||France|
|Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie||Germany|
|M. Jurgensen GmbH & Co KG||Germany|
|A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S (EXAG)||Denmark|
|MAN Diesel & Turbo SE||Germany|
|Paul Scherrer Institut||Switzerland|
|PBS Turbo S.R.O. Velka Bites||Czech Republic|
|Stena Rederi AB (EXAG)||Sweden|
|Technische Universitaet Graz||Austria|
|Tehag Engineering AG||Switzerland|
|Wärtsilä Finland OY||Finland|
|Wärtsilä Schweiz AG||Switzerland|