Innovations, research and development
In the marine markets, products launched during the second quarter included Wärtsilä Online, a new web-based customer platform aimed at providing a state-of-the-art support service that allows customers to better manage their installed assets. Wärtsilä Online enables mobile usage, new features for smart maintenance management, and real-time collaboration. Wärtsilä also introduced a digital version of Operim – Operational Performance Improvement & Monitoring, as well as the new Navi-Planner voyage planning and optimisation solution. By digitally augmenting physical products through the addition of data collection capabilities and cloud-based analytics, Operim enables improvements in operational performance through continuous monitoring and reporting of the key performance indicators, along with virtual instrumentation. The collected data is delivered to the system’s user in real-time, thereby allowing appropriate and timely manual or autonomous decision-making in a predictive or adaptive manner. Developed by Transas, a Wärtsilä company, Navi-Planner makes use of the connected Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) to significantly shorten voyage planning and provide a minimum navigational safety standard for a less experienced crew.
In the energy markets, the second quarter saw the launch of Engine+ Hybrid Energy, a solution that pairs engines with energy storage to form a fully integrated, automated system providing reliable and environmentally sound power generation. The solution delivers load instantly, addresses step changes and intermittencies, and provides spinning reserves. Wärtsilä also introduced its Modular Block power plant solution during the quarter. This pre-fabricated, modularly configured, and expandable enclosure for Wärtsilä medium-speed 34SG gas engine generators enables the reduction of on-site installation time from several months to a few weeks. It also makes Wärtsilä’s advanced medium-speed engine technology available for applications where it would not otherwise be viable.
In May, Wärtsilä and Lappeenranta University of Technology announced a research collaboration on strategic power system modelling, with the aim of understanding and developing paths towards 100% renewable energy systems.