Wärtsilä opens world’s leading sustainable technology center to accelerate marine and energy decarbonisation

Wärtsilä Corporation today opened its new Sustainable Technology Hub in Vaasa, Finland. The new center will contribute to global efforts to decarbonise the sea and energy by fostering innovation, collaboration and the development of green technologies using sustainable fuels and digital technologies. An inaugural event was held today with the participation of invited guests, in particular the Finnish Minister for Economic Affairs, Mika Lintilä.

“The pace at which the maritime and energy industries are pursuing their decarbonisation goals is accelerating. The Sustainable Technology Hub (STH), the world’s leading center for research, innovation, engineering and manufacturing, marks the beginning of a new era for Wärtsilä. Using the innovative technologies that already exist today, we can accelerate the development of future-proof, fuel-efficient engines. We can now show that a carbon-neutral future is achievable, ”says Håkan Agnevall, President and CEO of Wärtsilä Corporation.

Wärtsilä already has carbon-neutral engines. The company launched the Wärtsilä 32 methanol engine this year, and in 2023 an ammonia concept will be developed. The concept of hydrogen is expected to be available in 2025.

“As we all know, Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and life-cycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. Wärtsilä is now writing a story about investing in Finland, and especially in the Vaasa region, where the company has long been a driving force, ”said Mika Lintilä, Finland’s Minister of Economy, in his opening remarks.

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The construction of the new center was announced in 2018, with a total investment of about 250 million. It features a state-of-the-art fuel laboratory, flexible technology and engine testing facilities, as well as a state-of-the-art production system with a high level of automation. The center employs 1,500 people under one roof, ensuring operational efficiency and a lower carbon footprint in logistics. The center is equipped with advanced energy recovery systems that allow for self-sufficiency in heat energy. With the expansion of sustainable fuels, STH is a cornerstone for achieving the 2030 target. the company’s goal is to neutralize carbon dioxide in its operations.

The development of innovation and service solutions will be an important part of Hub’s production. Wärtsilä’s state-of-the-art training center, customer expertise centers for remote operations support, predictable maintenance solutions and new digital innovations, play a key role in helping customers optimize their operations throughout their asset lifecycle. and accelerate their decarbonisation path.

The center also acts as a global collaborative ecosystem, inviting clients, partner companies, and the academic community to incubate, test, and validate ideas. One of the main demonstrations of cooperation is the Wasalin ferry Aurora Botnia. Wärtsilä and Wasaline have worked closely together to make the ship one of the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly passenger ferries in the world. The cooperation continues with the vessel used as a floating test site for Wärtsilä’s innovations. It is equipped with Wärtsilä’s most technologically advanced solutions and services.
Source: Wärtsilä Corporation

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