Wärtsilä Corporation today opened its new technology center, the Sustainable Technology Hub, in Vaasa, Finland. The new center will contribute to efforts to promote the global decarbonisation of marine and energy energy by promoting innovation, cooperation and the development of green technologies using sustainable fuels and digital technologies. The opening event took place today and was attended by invited guests, in particular the Minister of Economy of Finland Mika Lintila.
“The speed with which the maritime and energy industries are moving towards the decarbonisation targets is accelerating. The Center for Sustainable Technology (STH), the world’s leading center for research, innovation, engineering and manufacturing, marks the beginning of a new era for Wärtsilä. By taking advantage of the innovative technologies that already exist today, we can accelerate the development of reliable engines for the future that can run on sustainable fuels. We can now demonstrate that a carbon-neutral future is achievable, ”said Hokan Agneval, President and CEO of Wärtsilä Corporation.
Wärtsilä already has carbon-neutral engines. This year, the company launched its Wärtsilä 32 Methanol engine, and within 2023, an ammonia concept will be ready. The hydrogen concept is expected to be available in 2025.
“As we all know, Wärtsilä is a world leader in innovative technologies and life-cycle solutions for marine and energy markets. Wärtsilä is now making history by making a significant investment in Finland, especially in the Vaasa region, where the company has been a driving force for a long time, “said Finnish Economy Minister Mika Lintila in his opening remarks.
The construction of the new center was announced in 2018 with a total investment of about 250 million euros. It has a modern fuel laboratory, flexible technologies and engine testing equipment, as well as a modern production system with a high level of automation. The center employs 1,500 people under one roof, ensuring operational efficiency as well as a reduced carbon footprint in logistics. The center has advanced energy recovery systems that allow self-sufficiency in heat. With the expansion of sustainable fuels, STH is a milestone in achieving the company’s 2030 goal of carbon neutrality in its own operations.
Innovation and the development of service solutions will be an important part of Hub’s production. The new, state-of-the-art Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy training center, customer expertise centers for remote operational support, predictive support solutions and the development of new digital innovations play a central role in helping customers optimize their operations throughout their lifecycle. their assets, and to accelerate their decarbonisation.
The center also acts as a global ecosystem for collaboration, inviting clients, partner companies and academia to incubate, test and validate ideas. One big demonstration of cooperation is the Wasaline ferry “Aurora Botnia”. Wärtsilä and Wasaline have worked closely together to establish this ship as one of the most energy efficient and environmentally sustainable passenger ferries in the world. Cooperation continues with the ship used as a floating stand for Wärtsilä’s future innovations. It is equipped with the most modern technological solutions and services of Wärtsilä.
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