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.
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 a 7.8-megawatt (MW) / 7.8-megawatt hour (MWh) energy storage system to a leading gold mining company to help achieve its climate targets and decarbonisation goals at a mine in Suriname. This is the first utility-scale energy storage system to be built in Suriname and Wärtsilä’s first energy storage project in the country. The order was booked to Wärtsilä order intake in Q4, 2021. The facility is expected to become operational in late 2022.
The integrated energy storage system will improve efficiency at the gold mine’s power station by reducing the need for emergency back-up spinning reserve, therefore lowering fuel consumption. The project is estimated to reduce the mine’s emissions by 5,600 metric tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year. This optimised energy system will extend to improvements across the lifetime of the engines and reduce operation and maintenance costs.
The facility will include Wärtsilä’s GridSolv Quantum, a fully integrated, modular and compact energy storage system, as well as the GEMS Digital Energy Platform, Wärtsilä’s advanced energy management system. GEMS will control and optimise the portfolio of both the existing generating sets and the new energy storage system. GEMS will also evaluate opportunities to integrate renewable energy assets at the facility to further decarbonise mining operations, further reduce operations costs and provide clean electricity to surrounding communities.
“With our holistic approach to power systems and expertise in different power generating assets, we can support our customers in decarbonising their operations. Wärtsilä is pleased to help improve reliability, efficiency and sustainability at mining stations in Suriname and around the world with our energy storage solutions,” said Marc Tarbox, General Manager, Contract and Agreements, Americas, Wärtsilä Energy. “Wärtsilä has global experience helping customers with isolated grids optimise system efficiency. GEMS continues to serve as a mature control technology, allowing customers to easily integrate new resources and intelligently optimise the dispatch of all power assets within a hybrid system.”
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Image caption: Wärtsilä's energy storage technology to support world’s largest gold mining company to achieve climate targets in Suriname, the first energy storage project in the country
Wärtsilä Energy in brief
Wärtsilä Energy leads the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. We help our customers in decarbonisation by developing market-leading technologies. These cover future-fuel enabled balancing power plants, hybrid solutions, energy storage and optimisation technology, including the GEMS energy management platform. Wärtsilä Energy’s lifecycle services are designed to increase efficiency, promote reliability and guarantee operational performance. Our track record comprises 74 GW of power plant capacity and more than 80 energy storage systems delivered to 180 countries around the world. https://www.wartsila.com/energy
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 17,500 professionals in 200 locations in more than 70 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2020 Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.6 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.