The Wärtsilä technology group will commercially launch its Two-Stroke Future Fuels Conversion platform during the first quarter of 2022. This engine combustion technology platform will enable the rapid and cost-effective conversion of two-stroke main engines to operate in future fuel combustion. This is seen as an important step in the maritime industry’s efforts to carry out decarbonized transport operations. The easy retrofit will save owners from having to face long periods of non-lease charters.
The conversion will initially allow operation with currently available LNG fuel. The modular design of this concept provides a platform that will be developed to allow for the adoption of alternative green fuels or fuel blends when they become commercially available.
The development program has recently been completed with successful initial engine tests at the Wärtsilä two-stroke engine laboratory in Trieste. MSC Shipmanagement has collaborated with Wärtsilä throughout development as a key partner in piloting and advancing the platform for future fuel applications.
MSC representatives were present during some of the testing procedures.
“Wärtsilä has taken a leading position in developing and delivering smart technology solutions that will accelerate the realization of our industry’s decarbonization ambitions. This pioneering conversion solution is yet another example of our capabilities and commitment. Its flexibility makes the first step to adopt the use of future fuels now, knowing that the investment will not become obsolete. The benefits, both economic and environmental, are significant,” said Roger Holm, President of Marine Power & EVP Wärtsilä Corporation.
A worldwide feature of the concept is the cryogenic fuel supply system, which together with a revolutionary injection system provides flexible and optimized operating performance in all conditions. Among the other benefits provided by this solution is the ability to comply with future environmental regulations and therefore provide assets with an extended operational life.
The conversion solution is intended for vessels operating with electronically controlled two-stroke engines. The first commercial conversion project will be completed in mid 2023. The conversion concept is applicable to both large and small diameter engine types.