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Technologies enabling introduction of green fuels

Developing and accelerating implementation of technologies enabling introduction of green fuels

ZEM ecosystem will develop engine technologies and energy storage systems together with potential customers and suitable suppliers and researchers in order to enable rapid introduction of economically and environmentally sustainable new fuels.

Main objective: Develop the best technologies for Zero Emission Marine internal combustion engine (ICE) concepts for new builds and retrofits in combination with, or standalone, Energy Storage Solution

List of important research topics:
  • Hydrogen ICE concepts and system level technologies
  • Ammonia ICE concepts and system level technologies
  • Ethanol/methanol (especially bio origin) ICE concepts and system level technologies
  • Operating on blends
  • Aftertreatment to remove residual emissions
  • Energy storage solutions for both electricity and heat

 

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Projects

Here you can find the initiated ZEM ecosystem projects and the participating partners.

The process for applying for a ZEM project is presented in the Ecosystem page.

More information can be found from news articles:

MASCOT

MASCOT (Materials for CO2-neutral processes in resource-intensive industries) is a partnership project which responds to materials performance challenges presented by the emerging CO2-neutral processes of circular economy and hydrogen technologies.

The three-year co-innovation project with the total budget of 7.2 M€ brings together six companies and two research institutes to tackle the material challenges in emerging fossil-free processes, and take the forerunner position in the international growth markets. The results obtained in MASCOT will significantly improve the reliability, safety, and competitiveness of CO2-neutral Finnish industrial processes.

Partners: VTT, University of Oulu, Andritz, Exote, Metso Outotec, Neste, Nordic Tank, Wärtsilä

Silent Engine

The Silent Engine project will seek new silent and vibration-free solutions to help the Finnish powertrain industry meet the criteria set for noise, vibration, and sustainability. The project aims to develop silent and vibration-free innovations by fast-tracking, that is parallel development instead of slow, incremental improvement.

The three-year project will start on 1 October 2022. Out of the total project volume of 1.33 M€, 70% comes as support from Business Finland. The companies involved in the project and the University of Vaasa fund the rest.

Partners: University of Vaasa, AGCO Power, KONE, Meyer Turku, Vibrol, Wärtsilä

CASEMATE

The CASEMATE (Computer-Aided Systems Engineering for Marine Advanced Technology for the Environment) project develops and applies the Model Based Systems Engineering methodology to engine development for new zero-carbon fuels.

The project started on 1. October 2022 and lasts for three years. Total project volume for all partners is 3 M€, with 70% funded by Business Finland and the rest covered by contributions from the companies involved and the research institutions.

Partners: University of Oulu, University of Vaasa, Aalto University, Åbo Akademi, Tampere University, AGCO Power, Meyer Turku, Global Boiler Works, Dassault Systemès, InfiniSpring, Wärtsilä

GECFD

The GECFD research project coordinated by VTT is creating an open simulation platform to develop the new technologies needed for green fuels and digital modelling of their use. The new digital tools will enable more cost-effective development work and significantly speed up the commercialization of new technologies.

The project is part of two Business Finland Veturi ecosystems: Wärtsilä’s “Zero Emission Marine” (ZEM) and Neste’s “Novel sustainable & scalable solutions for transportation and chemicals”. VTT is coordinating the project and it is being funded by Business Finland. The total budget is 1.1 million euros.

Partners: VTT, Wärtsilä, Neste, AGCO Power, Koja, Vahterus

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Articles & Events about New technologies

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From roar to humming – Silent Engine project aims to save your eardrums and our environment

Noise from marine traffic has an ill effect on the surrounding environment. Reduced engine noise improves travelling comfort too. Business Finland has granted funding to the University of Vaasa for the Silent Engine research project. Together with partners, the University of Vaasa with its VEBIC laboratories will seek new silent and vibration-free solutions to help the Finnish powertrain industry meet the criteria set for noise, vibration, and sustainability.
Read article From roar to humming – Silent Engine project aims to save your eardrums and our environment
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Research themes in the spotlight: Ecosystem can help develop technologies enabling the introduction of green fuels

Technologies enabling the usage of green fuels is at the core of one of the research themes in the ZEM ecosystem. We discussed with Kaj Portin, who leads the activities at Wärtsilä to find ways how their engines and systems will be able to flexibly use green fuels in the near future.
Read article Research themes in the spotlight: Ecosystem can help develop technologies enabling the introduction of green fuels
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