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.
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
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.”
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.
specific focus will be on creating an Extreme Value Thruster as a platform for
demonstrating “quantum leaps” in thruster technologies.
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.
project will begin in 2015 and will be supported by 10 industrial and academic
partners from Finland and other countries.