Research and development, product launches

Wärtsilä has launched a unique product, the Wärtsilä GasReformer, which uses steam reforming technology to convert associated gas to a quality that can be used as fuel in Wärtsilä’s range of gas fuelled engines. Traditionally such gases would be flared and wasted.

Progress with regards to type approvals for ballast water management systems continues. All testing of the AQUARIUS UV (ultraviolet) system has been completed, and type approval was received in December 2012. IMO Basic Approval was granted to the AQUARIUS EC (electro-chlorination) based system in October 2012, and the type approval is expected during the second quarter of 2013.

Wärtsilä has currently the widest portfolio of exhaust gas cleaning systems for the removal of SOx, and the most extensive reference list on the market. The portfolio consists of open-loop, closed-loop and hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems. Wärtsilä has to date a total of 57 exhaust gas cleaning systems delivered or on order, for a total of 29 vessels.

In February, Wärtsilä and the Nordic Investment Bank signed a 10-year loan agreement totalling EUR 50 million for research and development financing. With this loan, Wärtsilä will further develop its medium-speed engine technology in terms of efficiency, reliability and environmental performance, as well as in reducing lifecycle costs.

In March, Wärtsilä launched an R&D initiative together with Aalto University in Finland. The Wärtsilä Innovation Node brings together business experts, students and researchers. It will be used in cooperation projects for automatic control engineering, industrial design, and combustion engine technology, among others.

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