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Propelling the friendly environment


Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading provider of innovative products, solutions and services, has inaugurated its new test facility for future propulsion products and technology. The Wärtsilä Propulsion Test Centre has been established in close cooperation with VTT.

VTT and Wärtsilä are working together to develop propulsion products and technology in a test centre established and funded by Wärtsilä. The resources for operating the facility are provided by VTT.

The new facility enables Wärtsilä to speed the development of new, high-quality and environmentally sound propulsion products together with research institutes, universities and suppliers. The test centre will have a central role in propulsion-related research and development activities carried out by the company. In particular, the test centre will be used for functional and endurance testing, with emphasis on mechanical power transfer.

The test installation can accommodate thrusters up to slightly above 2 MW in power. The main components are a frequency converter with an electrical motor and generator, a specially designed gearbox, and a hydraulic loading system. The test centre covers an area of about 200 square metres, and is capable of running tests around the clock.