Helsinki, Finland, March 2, 2010 — Wärtsilä and Hitachi Zosen agreed to develop and market fuel cell based power solutions for distributed power generation applications in Japan.
The combined heat and power applications, which can be run on either city gas or biogas, will feature the use of Wärtsilä’s fuel cell technology. The applications will be developed in cooperation by both companies, and marketed by Hitachi Zosen.
Wärtsilä and Hitachi Zosen will combine their experience in technology and business development to provide this new and competitive power solution for the Japanese distributed energy markets.
Wärtsilä and Hitachi Zosen have enjoyed more than 20 years of close co-operation in developing the sale and construction of Wärtsilä equipment to the Japanese energy market. Numerous Wärtsilä oil- and gas-fired power plants have been sold and constructed in Japan as a result of this co-operation.
Since Wärtsilä’s fuel cells can efficiently use natural gas, city gas, and biogas as fuel, they produce almost zero nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulphur oxide (SOx) and particulate emissions, all of which are harmful to the environment.
The continuous development of more efficient, clean, and sustainable power solutions is an essential part of Wärtsilä’s strategy. Fuel cell technology development supports this strategy by providing clean and efficient solutions to the lower power range of Wärtsilä’s product portfolio.
Wärtsilä has delivered a fuel cell unit producing electric and heating power to the Vaasa Housing Fair site in Western Finland. This Wärtsilä FC20 is a power generating unit that runs on landfill gas, has been in operation for more than 1500 hours, producing electricity and heat for local households without creating any significant levels of greenhouse gas emissions.
Wärtsilä’s competence centre for fuel cell technology is located at Otaniemi in Espoo, Finland. Operation of the fuel cell unit is supported by personnel from Wärtsilä’s engine laboratory in Vaasa, Finland.