The 100% renewable energy transition is underway around the world and we believe the Americas can help lead the way with infrastructure, investments and innovation.
We help our customers unlock the value of the energy transition by optimizing their power systems and future-proofing their assets. We offer flexible power plants, robust energy management and storage systems, as well as lifecycle services that provide increased efficiency and guaranteed performance. We stay at the forefront of research and development to ensure our customers are always at the head of the industry evolution.
On this page, we offer our best equipment and services to help in the decarbonisation of the Americas.
Wärtsilä Energy Storage & Optimisation offers unrivalled solutions to the most pressing energy challenges, including the integration of more renewables.
Special guests Wärtsilä CEO Håkan Agnevall, and President, Wärtsilä Energy & EVP Wärtsilä Sushil Purohit.
With 3.3GW of Wärtsilä installed based in up to 98% of Caribbean Islands, we are no stranger to our market. Our customer base includes utilities, independent power producers focused on tourism market, and other industries. Our company’s global vision resonates in our Caribbean market as we all strive to walk the path towards 100% renewables in a reliable and cost efficient manner. Our solutions prove to be future-proof and flexible to balance the energy systems for our market, driven by an energy increasing demand to cope with the ever growing tourism industry and economic development of the Islands.
In the Caribbean, we see ourselves as more than business partners, as we have worked hand in hand with CARILEC (Caribbean Utilities Association) through many years of support to our Islands facing hurricanes on a yearly basis. Working with CARILEC brings us together as Islanders to find solutions to our unique situations, and to share best practices and business solutions.
On this series of interviews, we interconnect our high level messaging of renewables integration and future fuels, to our Caribbean market development. The dialogue is moderated by Edmund Phillips, Business Development Manager, and co-hosted by Rodney George, Senior Business Development Manager.
Meet Wärtsilä's new President & CEO Håkan Agnevall, his vision for Caribbean with President, Wärtsilä Energy & EVP Wärtsilä Sushil Purohit.
Drivers for high renewables penetration, emergence of future fuels.
Deep dive into Caribbean, role of flexible generation for balanced grid.
What does an optimal power system look like? The answer varies for each country, city and customer. Read the white papers on power system optimisation in America.
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The technology group Wärtsilä will supply the generating capacity for a new balancing power plant being built in the U.S.A. The Pioneer Generation Station Phase IV power plant project is located in North Dakota and will provide Basin Electric Power Cooperative with the flexible gas generation needed to balance the inherent variability of energy from renewable sources, notably wind and solar. This balancing capability will enable Basin Electric to expand its generation to ensure reliable, affordable and responsible power to its membership. The order was booked in Wärtsilä’s order intake in October 2022.
The plant will operate with six Wärtsilä 50SG gas engines having a combined net output of 108 MW. The fast-starting and stopping ability of Wärtsilä’s engine technology allows full output to be reached in just minutes, thus ensuring a stable and reliable electricity supply regardless of the weather conditions.
The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery in the beginning of 2024, and the plant is expected to become fully operational by the summer of 2025.
“The Pioneer Generation Station Phase IV power plant project will serve the growing needs of the cooperative’s members with reliable, affordable, and responsible electricity. Load forecasts show member cooperatives will require more electricity by 2025,” said Todd Telesz, Basin Electric CEO and General Manager.
“Basin Electric knows our engines from before, and we are pleased to be working again with this advanced cooperative. In addition to their grid balancing capabilities, one of the many benefits of our gas engine solutions is that they require a relatively low gas pressure to sustain full rated capacity. Unlike high-pressure alternatives that require a gas pressure of 20 to 60 bar (300 to 900 psi), our engines need only 6 to 12 bar (90 to 180 psi). This helps to ensure supply reliability at all times,” added Jon Rodriguez, Director, Engine Power Plants, North America, Wärtsilä Energy.
Reciprocating engine power plants based on internal combustion engine technology are being increasingly deployed in the United States to balance renewables. Flexible technologies, such as grid balancing power plants and energy storage, also offer a sustainable means for decarbonising energy production by allowing higher renewable production by reducing the need to curtail those resources.
Basin Electric Power Cooperative is a generation and transmission cooperative owned by 131 member cooperative systems across nine states serving three million consumers. Basin Electric has earlier purchased Wärtsilä engines for another of its power generating facilities in North Dakota.
Wärtsilä has a major presence in the U.S.A. with offices in nine strategic locations. To date the company has an installed base of 3,800 MW in the country.
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Wärtsilä Energy in brief
Wärtsilä Energy leads the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. We help our partners to accelerate their decarbonisation journeys through our market-leading technologies and power system modelling expertise. These cover decarbonisation services, future-fuel enabled balancing power plants, hybrid solutions, energy storage and optimisation technology, including the GEMS Digital Energy Platform. Wärtsilä Energy’s lifecycle services are designed to increase efficiency, promote reliability and guarantee operational performance. Our track record comprises 76 GW of power plant capacity and 110 energy storage systems delivered to 180 countries around the world.
Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We emphasise innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,000 professionals in more than 200 locations in 68 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2021, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.