Wärtsilä opens new test facility

28 Nov 2013
The new test centre will have a central role in propulsion related R&D activities

The new test centre will have a central role in propulsion related R&D activities

Today, Wärtsilä is opening its new test facility for future propulsion products and technology.

Wärtsilä says its new Propulsion Test Centre, which is located in Tuusula, southern Finland, will enhance its capabilities in product validation and research activities.

"This investment in a full scale test facility for propulsion products is one of the key elements in our strategy for supporting and assisting our customers in lowering operating costs through higher propulsion efficiency and lower maintenance expenses,” said Jaakko Eskola, senior executive vice president, Wärtsilä.

“Having a technology development centre enables us to provide the best possible technical support for the propulsion needs of the entire marine sector," he added.

From the new facility, Wärtsilä will develop new, high quality and environmentally-sound propulsion products together with research institutes, universities and suppliers.

It will have a central role in propulsion related R&D activities carried out by the company. In particular, the test centre will be used for functional and endurance testing with an emphasis on mechanical power transfer.

The test installation can accommodate thruster up to just above 2MW in power. The main components are a frequency converter with an electrical motor and generator, a specially designed gearbox and a hydraulic loading system.

Including all needed auxiliary systems, such as cooling, controls and lubrication, the test centre covers an area of about 200m² and will be capable of running tests on a 24/7 basis.

The Centre has been set up and funded by Wärtsilä, with support from Finland’s VTT Technical Research Centre, who will provide the resources to operate the facility.

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