Innovation is Wärtsilä’s middle name
People from around the globe take part in creating innovations that enable sustainable societies. We shape our markets by generating transformative results through collaboration, partnerships, market insight, and active engagement in ecosystems. Wärtsilä’s centers showcase how we will work on this together.
Wärtsilä Helsinki Campus
Over 500 Wärtsilians are settled in at the Wärtsilä Helsinki Campus. It features the latest smart real estate technology to ensure the best employee and customer experience. It supports a new ways of working and promotes the company’s capabilities to succeed globally as an innovative and customer centric technology service company.
Wärtsilä Experience Centre, utilising the latest audiovisual technology, has been created in conjunction with the reception. In the dark, 250-square-metre exhibition room, our customers, personnel and other stakeholders get to experience how Wärtsilä's smart technological products and innovative solutions work. The virtual reality enables, for example, visiting a power station or a cruise ship, and the real-time remote control of engines can be observed through an interactive presentation.
Wärtsilä Hybrid centre
The Hybrid centre, located in Trieste, Italy, is the world’s first real-scale hybrid centre comprising an engine, batteries, power drives, a propeller load simulator utilising an electric motor, a power take off/in motor generator, together with the overall energy management system, the ‘brain’ of the Wärtsilä HY. It is capable of simulating operational data from the field, which will thus enable optimisation of the hybrid system to reach unprecedented levels.
The investment will, by providing owners and operators the chance to experience and familiarise themselves with the Wärtsilä HY, accelerate the introduction of hybrid technologies to the marine market, thereby boosting the environmental sustainability of shipping. Successful testing has already been carried out on Wärtsilä’s patented electric start-up procedure, utilising the power from batteries to deliver a smokeless start of the main engine.
In addition to being used to validate hybrid technologies, the centre will also welcome customer groups to learn in very practical terms the technical aspects of the Wärtsilä HY, as well as the value adding benefits it offers.
International Maritime Cyber Centre of Excellence
The world's very first International Maritime Cyber Centre of Excellence (IMCCE) in Singapore contains the Maritime Cyber Emergency Response Team (MCERT) and a Cyber Academy. The IMCCE was set up together with Templar Executives. The centre will contribute to cyber awareness and the response to cyber incidents.
Cyber is an important topic for the maritime industry. ... because the sector is vulnerable in the event of a cyberattack, and because the maritime sector is an important part of the infrastructure of countries that are under fire, and because the sector has to deal with regulations that are still under development.
The MCERT component is an international platform that contributes to the cyber-resilience of the entire maritime ecosystem. MCERT is available to the entire maritime sector worldwide and operates based on membership. MCERT informs, advises and supports in the event of cyberattacks. It also provides members with access to the Cyber Security Reporting Portal (CSRP). The Cyber Academy component offers various courses on cyber-related topics.
Smart Technology Hub
Wärtsilä is building the Smart Technology Hub, a new integrated centre of research, product development and production, in Vaskiluoto, Vaasa. The Smart Technology Hub is the latest tangible step in Wärtsilä’s vision of smart marine and a smart energy sector. The Hub will implement both visions of Smart Marine Ecosystem and a 100% renewable energy future by linking different marine and energy business lines including lifecycle to maximise customer value proposition.
The Hub will be unique in its field, enabling more agile, more efficient testing and product development of solutions for the maritime and energy industries. The Hub will be one uniform agile testing facility linking together various Centres of Excellence to improve product and solution development by maximising synergies. In this way we are able to effectively put to use all of the know-how we have in Wärtsilä all over the globe.
As a part of the project, Wärtsilä is investing 83 million euros in modern testing and production technology for the Hub. The total investment in the Smart Technology Hub will be in the region of 230 million euros, consisting of office and factory buildings, logistics and infrastructure. As of 2021, all of Wärtsilä’s functions and personnel in central Vaasa will be moved to the new Hub, along with the logistics and maintenance workshop operations from Runsor, Vaasa.
Wärtsilä Acceleration centre
Industry, knowledge institutes and local partners work together on innovation in the new Acceleration Centre.
The objective is to reinforce and develop Singapore's maritime ecosystem. The opening of the centre is a result of the agreement that Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Wärtsilä signed in April 2018, in which parties agreed to cooperate on the development of intelligent vessels, intelligent harbour facilities, safety and digital acceleration.
The first project at the Acceleration Centre is the development of the Wärtsilä IntelliTug, a tugboat that can navigate autonomously through the use of the very latest technologies such as an advanced radar system and video analysis. The deployment of the sustainable IntelliTug should result in more safety and efficiency and reduced workload in the harbour. During the course of 2019, Wärtsilä, together with its development partners MPA and PSA Marine will test the IntelliTug in the busy waters of Singapore.
From the Acceleration Centre, Wärtsilä connects important partners in order to create permanent improvements to Singapore's harbour. In this manner, Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine Ecosystem is becoming quite palpable. Lam Pin Min, Singapore's state secretary for Transport and Health is pleased with this development: “Thanks to projects like the Acceleration Centre, new concepts arise that contribute to the efficiency and future of our harbour.”
Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy
Competence and learning are key to success in any business. The Wärtsilä Land and Sea Academy (WLSA) provides high-quality training services for the marine and energy markets, ensuring that your personnel have a strong knowledge of how to manage your assets. Our global training solutions cover all aspects of managing and operating your installation, including maintenance, safety, availability, reliability and performance. The courses and programmes are delivered in the way that works best for your organisation – whether that’s on board, on site, in training centre or online.