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Wärtsilä to accelerate hydrogen adoption in the maritime sector with new solution
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Wärtsilä to accelerate hydrogen adoption in the maritime sector with new solution

Wärtsilä has partnered with RINA, ABB, Helbio and a major energy company to accelerate the use of hydrogen as a fuel by developing a new solution within the marine sector.

Revealed today (Nov 25), the aim of the collaborative venture is to develop a scalable and sustainable solution that will exceed the IMO 2050 target of a reduction in carbon intensity of 70%.

This will provide the shipping industry with a pathway to low-carbon operations through the use of hydrogen.

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The prospective concept is based on combing LNG with steam to produce hydrogen and CO2.

With this, the hydrogen produced will be used directly in a mix with natural gas within internal combustion engines or in fuel cells, eliminating the need for hydrogen to be stored onboard.

The equipment is able to be easily fitted on the deck of a commercial vessel wit this innovative concept aiming to support the marine sector’s gradual transition away from LNG to hydrogen.

Wärtsilä and ABB will support the application of hydrogen in powering internal combustion engines and fuel cells respectively, while Helbio will provide the technology and manufacturing of gas reformers.

RINA and the Liberian Registry will provide advice and guidance on the application of rules and regulations for novel concept alternative designs, based on Hazid/Hazop analyses, as well as specific rules for this kind of arrangement.

Lars Anderson, Director, Product Management & Sales Support at Wärtsilä Marine Power, said, “Our gas engines are already able to use mixtures of hydrogen and LNG, and our future efforts will be to reach 100% hydrogen fuel. We are totally committed to supporting in every way possible the decarbonisation of shipping operations.

“This project is one more example of this commitment, and we are very pleased to be partnering with other stakeholders to make the IMO 2050 target achievable.

“This project will give owners a real chance to stay ahead of the competition in terms of efficiency and sustainability.”

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“When we are looking at a renewable future, hydrogen is the key.” These are the words of Jukka Lehtonen, Vice-President of Technology and Product Management of Energy Business at Wärtsilä Energy.

With the group’s primary focus on marine propulsion, it seemed inevitable that Wärtsilä would start developing clean hydrogen variants. This development into hydrogen stems from a pioneering test programme for pure hydrogen engines with the hope that it can enable fully decarbonised energy systems.

The project will see the testing of thermal balancing engines to use pure hydrogen with the expectation that the engine and power plant concept will be capable of running on 100% hydrogen by 2025.

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