Wärtsilä and Ecospec to co-operate in exhaust gas treatment

07 Oct 2010
The integration of the Ecospec CSNOx technology into Wärtsilä's product development is expected to speed the implementation of clean power solutions

The integration of the Ecospec CSNOx technology into Wärtsilä's product development is expected to speed the implementation of clean power solutions

Wärtsilä and Ecospec Global Technology, owner of the CSNOx emissions abatement technology, recently signed a MOU to work together towards the common goal of providing clean power solutions.

The companies say that by combining joint expertise, the carbon footprint of both marine and onshore heavy industries can be significantly reduced through the development of clean power solutions. The aim is to achieve the lowest possible CO2 emissions, near zero SOx emissions - even when using heavy residual fuel - and to attain the capability to meet future NOx emission requirements.

Under the memorandum of understanding (MOU), Wärtsilä is responsible for integrating the CSNOx system into various engine applications. This includes the engineering, installation, supervision, project management, and commissioning of the system for both newbuildings and retrofits. Ecospec, as the supplier of the CSNOx system, would be responsible for supplying the key components of the system.

Ecospec CSNOx is said to be the first emissions abatement system capable of removing CO2 emissions from greenhouse gases, while at the same time removing, in a single system and in one process, sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx), and other pollutants, without the use of harmful chemicals. CSNOx serves as the only practical technology with the ability to remove CO2, the main culprit for global warming, from exhaust gases in significant quantities. Its wash water quality surpasses IMO standards, and the discharge water is, therefore, either neutral or beneficial to the environment, and does not result in secondary pollution or problems related to disposal or storage.

"It is Wärtsilä's long-established strategy to assist its customers, not only in meeting current environmental legislation requirements, but to be pro-active in providing solutions that go well beyond these minimum standards. Emissions control is an area that is developing very rapidly, and this co-operation with Ecospec will help us to continue our leading role in this field. Without any question it will support our position as a total solutions provider to our customers," says Juha Kytölä, vice president, product centre Ecotech of Wärtsilä.

Tany Tay, general manager of Ecospec, commented: "Ecospec has always been on the lookout for suitable organisations with whom we could develop strategic alliances for the various technologies we have developed. This is a fine example of optimising the synergistic effects from two companies with the same goal of providing the world with a clean power solution."

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