Finnish technology group Wärtsilä is developing a combustion process in its gas engines to enable them to burn 100 percent hydrogen fuel. The new development is part of the company’s strategy to future-proof its engine technology .
Wärtsilä has now been researching hydrogen as a fuel for twenty years and has already tested its engines with blends of up to 60% hydrogen and 40% natural gas. ‘The world is on a path towards 100% decarbonisation, and Wärtsilä continues to support this trend with our research and development of future fuels, such as hydrogen,’ said Marco Wiren, President of Wärtsilä Energy Business.
‘The market for hydrogen-fuelled power plants will emerge along with regulations restricting the burning of fossil fuels. We are well positioned to serve the power industry in its transition to 100% renewable electricity generation. Wärtsilä’s engines, capable of running on a variety of sustainable fuels, are offering a highly dynamic balancing power for these future generating systems.’