Newsletter 28.04.2014

First CraftEngine successfully fired in Mannheim

It was all smiles at the Caterpillar Energy Solutions in Mannheim on Friday the 28th of April, as representatives of Viking Heat Engines AS in Kristiansand, Norway and Caterpillar Energy Solutions GmbH joined to mark the occasion of the first firing of the CraftEngine here.


“We joined forces with Viking last year, to do a study of the feasibility and potential of the CraftEngine technology to enhance the efficiency and increase the output of our advanced Bio-gas Engines”, says Wilhelm Müller, VD and Head of R&D of Caterpillar Energy Solutions.


“We are very happy to work with Caterpillar, allowing us fully to show how two CraftEngines in parallel exploiting the exhaust gas Waste Heat from a 800 kW Caterpillar Gas Engine may in the future represent 5- 7 per cent fuel savings, or an economically very healthy increase in electricity production. Doing this with a world brand name like Caterpillar, and here in historical Carl Benz Strasse in Mannheim , gives us great pride and  we want to commend Wilhelm Muller and his Team for generously offering their expertise and know how in support of our innovative new technology”, says John Bernander, Director and advisor to Viking Heat Engines AS.


Dipl.-Ing Heinrich Baas, Caterpillar, New System Technologies. Advisor/Director Viking Heat Engines, Mr. John Bernander. Caterpillar Energy Solutions, Managing Director Mr. Willy Schumacher. Head of AVL Manufactoring Centre, Mr. Andreas Mück. General Manager Caterpillar Energy Solutions R&D, Dipl.-Ing Wilhelm Müller.

“Commissioning and first firing of the machine has been successful, and will underpin further discussions to seek future commercial cooperation in fine tuning and developing a combined Caterpillar/Viking efficient solution to the market. It is very appropriate to see that these systems are being tested out here in Germany. We feel that both the industrial base and the commitment to – “Die Energiewende”, has opened up a great potential for this innovative cooperation between a great industrial power house and a small R&D focused Norwegian company”.


“We are proud of what we celebrate together today and it marks the beginning of what may be a viable and promising future cooperation in creating climate friendly energy solutions”, agree both Wilhelm Müller and John Bernander.

Caterpillar Energy Solutions GmbH is one of the world's leading companies in the market segment of highly efficient, eco-friendly cogeneration plants for decentralized energy generation with combined heat and power (CHP). The Mannheim-based company founded by Carl Benz looks back on more than 140 years of experience in the development and optimization of gas engines for natural gas, biogas and other special gases. It distributes its products under the two brands: MWM and Cat. For further information please visit and

  Viking Heat Engines offers a novel small scale heat engine using renewables and waste-heat as “fuel” for environmental friendly electricity production.  The machine has been designed and tested in close cooperation with motor design company AVL Schrick GmbH , securing a design and efficient future production in line with competitive automotive standards. Viking has its home base in Kristiansand, Norway. For further information about Viking Heat Engines, please visit


Viking Development Group | Østre Strandgate 40, Pb. 22, NO-4661 Kristiansand, Norway | Tel: +47 38 10 41 00 Fax: +47 38 02 08 40 |