Propulsion research programme launched

18 Mar 2015
A technology demonstrator will validate the technology at the Wärtsilä Propulsion Test Centre in Tuusula, Finland

A technology demonstrator will validate the technology at the Wärtsilä Propulsion Test Centre in Tuusula, Finland

A new €7.5m technology research programme has been launched with the aim of developing propulsion products specifically for arctic conditions that could significantly improve costs and reliability for shipowners.

Implemented with Wärtsilä and VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland, as the main contributors, the three-year Arctic Thruster Ecosystem (ArTEco) project  will consist of developing state-of-the-art simulation and load determining methods for dynamic loading conditions; researching possibilities for dampening dynamic loads; researching the use of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants in propulsion products; and researching new sensor technology for components used in propulsion products.

"The challenge to create increasingly reliable and competitive solutions is ongoing. Wärtsilä has a duty to its customers to ensure that its R&D activities are supported by the best tools, technologies and partners so as to develop the best solutions,” said Arto Lehtinen, vice president, propulsion, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

“The creation of this project consortium will help us maintain our position as an innovator and technology leader within the marine sector,” he added. “In particular, the state-of-the-art simulation methods and the possibility to carry out full scale validation of our new products will keep us at the forefront of new technology development.”

Wärtsilä says the new technology that is expected to emerge from this project will have the potential to significantly improve the competitiveness of solutions, in terms of cost, size and reliability, compared to products currently available.

The specific focus will be on creating an Extreme Value Thruster as a platform for demonstrating “quantum leaps” in thruster technologies.

This will be aided through the creation of a technology demonstrator, i.e. a large-scale prototype, to be used for validating the technology within the project. This validation will take place at the Wärtsilä Propulsion Test Centre in Tuusula, Finland.

The project will begin in 2015 and will be supported by 10 industrial and academic partners from Finland and other countries.

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