23.1.Wärtsilä listed among the “2018 Global 100” Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. The recognition took place in Davos as an aside to the World Economic Forum. Selected from a pool of 5,994 publicly listed companies, the Global 100 companies represent 22 countries and encompass all sectors of the economy.
19.3.Wärtsilä acquires Transas to accelerate its Smart Marine Ecosystem vision. Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine Ecosystem is a vision whereby smart vessels connect with smart ports and beyond to deliver efficiency, minimised environmental impact, and safety and security.
20.3.Wärtsilä delivers the world’s largest solar hybrid power plant to Burkina Faso, reducing annual CO2 emissions by as much as 18,500 tons. By hybridising an existing 57 MW diesel power plant with the new solar PV plant and related hybrid plant controls, the plant’s performance has been significantly enhanced.
26.3.Wärtsilä contracted to supply VOC recovery systems for two new shuttle tankers, saving tons of fuel each year. The ships will operate on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as the primary fuel, but VOC – the gas evaporating from the oil cargo tanks – will also be utilised as fuel by mixing it with the LNG.
25.4.Wärtsilä contracted to supply a 130 MW Flexicycle power plant to Senegal, enabling lower energy costs and the integration of more renewable energy. The Malicounda power project will provide the flexibility needed to facilitate the integration of intermittent renewable energy into the country’s network.
22.5.Wärtsilä LNGPac passes 100th order milestone. First introduced in 2009, the Wärtsilä LNGPac has played an important role in establishing the viability of LNG as a marine fuel. The system comprises a bunkering station, the LNG fuel tank and related process equipment, as well as the control and monitoring system.
22.5.Wärtsilä joins the Climate Leadership Coalition (CLC), a network of leading Finnish companies, research organisations and cities, aiming for the mitigation of climate change. The CLC believes that business solutions are central in tackling climate change, which is in line with Wärtsilä's purpose and strategy.
20.6.Wärtsilä introduces its new hybrid solar PV and storage solution. The Wärtsilä Hybrid Solar integrates solar PV generation and storage to deliver a true “renewables as baseload” solution that is climate-friendly, increases resilience and efficiencies, and which can be supported by a power producer’s existing grid infrastructure.
3.9.Wärtsilä’s Aquarius EC Ballast Water Management System endorsed with the United States Coastguard (USCG) Type Approval. This approval verifies that the product has met the specified regulatory, technical, and safety requirements, and represents an endorsement of its design and efficiency principles.
5.9.Wärtsilä announces ‘An Oceanic Awakening’ – a global initiative focused on the radical transformation of the world’s marine and energy industries into one supremely efficient, ecologically sound, and digitally connected ecosystem.
13.9.Wärtsilä once again included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices.
25.9.Greensmith Energy, a Wärtsilä company, releases GridSolv, the company’s first standardised energy storage solution. This innovative and standardised architecture supports both standalone energy storage deployments, as well as integrated hybrids with thermal or renewable generation assets.
17.10.Wärtsilä inaugurates its new Hybrid Centre, the first of its kind in the world, to boost sustainable shipping. The facility in Trieste, Italy, enables further development and deployment of the Wärtsilä HY hybrid power module, and also provides customers with the possibility to experience the benefits of the Wärtsilä HY.
13.11.Wärtsilä, Finland’s Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), and Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the study of the development of a business case for the use of alternative fuels, aiming towards a future with energy produced from 100% renewable carbon free sources.
28.11.Wärtsilä achieves notable advances in automated shipping through testing its automated dock-to-dock solution. In the presence of the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA), the autonomously operated ferry ‘Folgefonn’ successfully visited all three ports serviced by the ship.
4.12.Wärtsilä introduces a lifeboat for buildings, a product that should never exist, at Slush Helsinki 2018. This hypothetical lifeboat, conceptualised and designed by Wärtsilä Ship Design, is a way for Wärtsilä to amplify the critical need to move climate change discourse to action.
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