Funded Projects

Find below all initiated Zero Emission Marine ecosystem projects and the participating partners.

New Technologies

Funded projects involved in developing and accelerating implementation of technologies enabling introduction of green fuels.



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

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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

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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

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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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The HENNES research project studies the physics and chemistry of hydrogen combustion. Combining 3D simulation methods with experimental research is at the core of the research. It is a research project investigating the basic properties of hydrogen, the results of which can be used by both the scientific community and industry.

The research is part of Wärtsilä’s Zero Emission Marine ecosystem project, which aims to contribute to the development of zero-emission marine technology, among other things. Business Finland has granted 1.7 million euros in funding to the HENNES research project.

Partners: Aalto University, University of Turku, Wärtsilä, AGCO Power, Oilon, Finno Exergy, Vahterus, Auramarine, KK-Palokonsultti Oy, P2X Solutions

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The Future Shipping Electrified (FUSE) project focuses on operational and business models for shipping electrification, software life cycle simulations, learning systems and the utilisation of innovative digital twin solutions.

The project has received a total of 2.4 million euros from Business Finland and the Government of Åland and is expected to have a significant positive impact on the development of climate-neutral solutions in the domestic shipping industry. The project is coordinated by PBI Research Institute.

Partners: Rauma Marine Constructions, Carinafour, Aalto University, Åbo Akademi University, Viking Line

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Optimised Operations

Projects focused on developing automated and optimised operations to increase system intelligence and efficiency resulting in emission reduction.



The research project Data Analytics for Zero Emission Marine (DAZE) will explore the use of data to significantly reduce emissions from shipping. Globally, there is a potential for more than 50 per cent reduction of energy used in shipping, utilizing actions such as speed reduction, and improved port operations, propulsion, and ship internal energy optimization. The project is coordinated by Åbo Akademi University.

The project will start in September 2023 and run for three years.

Partners: Åbo Akademi University, Tampere University, University of Vaasa, University of Oulu, Aalto University, Wärtsilä, Wasaline, Wapice, SiloAI., Nextfour and Meriaura

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Outcome-based business models

Projects focused on enabling lifecycle emission reductions through creation of business models based on co-sharing of profit and creation of added value.

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Green Connect

The research project Green Connect investigates preconditions, needs and business models needed to develop and introduce green transport concepts to different transport chains and shipping markets. The project will analyse three use cases from different shipping markets; bulk, truck & trailer, and containers, and develop commercially viable solutions for end-to-end transports. The project is coordinated by Turku School of Economics.

The research project will be carried out from 2023 to 2025

Partners: Ahola Transport, CMA CGM, ESL Shipping, Finnlines, Gasum, P2X Solutions, SSAB, UPM-Kymmene, and Wärtsilä


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How to join the ecosystem?

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