Research and development, product launches
In September, Wärtsilä introduced its latest development of large controllable pitch propellers. The benefits of the new propeller system include increased load capability, high propulsive efficiency and the reduced fuel consumption that this efficiency brings to the vessel, excellent reliability, and a reduced environmental footprint. The system addresses the demands of medium and large size vessel owners, and is particularly applicable for special vessels equipped with dynamic positioning capabilities, as well as for vessels having ice notation. Wärtsilä has also expanded its propulsion condition monitoring services offering, which enables the extension of overhaul intervals and promotes optimal equipment condition. Dynamic lifetime prognosis, a new functionality in the upgraded offering, fulfils the need for certainty of operations and long-term maintenance planning.
The new Wärtsilä LNGPac, an upgraded version of the company’s successful LNG fuel handling system, was launched in August and in September was granted an AIP (Approval in Principle) Certificate from the classification society DNV GL.
Wärtsilä launched a new Low Loss Hybrid (LLH) innovation in August. The Wärtsilä LLH utilises different power sources in combination with energy storage devices to operate the prime movers closest to their optimum performance. In addition to annual fuel savings of up to 15 per cent, depending on the type and configuration of the engine and mission profile, the LLH ensures a substantial reduction in exhaust gas emissions.
The HERCULES R&D programme to develop large engine technologies, which was initiated in 2004 as a joint vision by the two major European engine manufacturing groups, Wärtsilä and MAN Diesel & Turbo, is to continue with a new HERCULES-2 project, pending approval under the Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The HERCULES-2 project is aimed at developing a fuel-flexible marine engine that is optimally adaptive to its operating environment.