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During the second quarter, Wärtsilä completed the testing of its innovative autodocking technology. The tests were carried out with the ‘Folgefonn’, an 83-metre long ferry owned by leading Norwegian operator Norled. The vessel is equipped with a number of Wärtsilä Smart Marine products and systems, such as the energy optimisation system, the hybrid propulsion system, wireless inductive battery charging, and energy storage. The autodocking tests began in January of this year and were completed in April with actual harbour docking trials. Full manoeuvring of the vessel, including the steering and propulsion, is automatically controlled by the software. Manual intervention and control is possible at any time. The automatic function allows the ship’s officers to focus on situational awareness outside the wheelhouse, thereby improving the safety and reliability of the operations.

A new solar PV and storage hybrid solution was launched in June. Wärtsilä Hybrid Solar integrates solar PV generation and storage to deliver a solution that is not only climate-friendly, with increased resilience and efficiencies, but which can be supported by a power producer’s existing grid infrastructure. A critical component in maximising the value of this hybrid solution is the GEMS software and controls platform developed by Greensmith Energy, which optimises the performance of the solution.

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