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Suggested range of engines

Suggested range of engines

Based on your selections we suggest that you familiarize yourself with our range of gas engines. Once we have a deeper understanding of your power plant needs we can further define which specific engine model is most suitable for your power plant project.

The main products in our gas engine range are presented here: 

Wärtsilä 34SG (ca 10MW unit) - agility and flexibility combined with high efficiency over the whole load range and in any operating profile makes this plant excellent for both flexible baseload and peak load, and supporting the grid with a variety of ancillary services.

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Wärtsilä 31SG (ca 11 MW unit) - this is the newest and most efficient gas engine we offer. Wärtsilä 31SG takes efficiency to a new level for internal combustion engines.

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Wärtsilä 50SG (ca 18MW unit) - High efficiency in a small footprint combined with high reliability and flexibility makes this solution perfect for flexible baseload applications including daily starts and stops, also providing ancillary services like regulation up&down and tertiary reserves.

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Customer references

Bremen, Germany

A revenue-adding transition – Bremen switches from coal to gas


Together with consortium partner Uniper, Wärtsilä enables a revenue-adding transition from coal to gas for public utility swb Erzeugung in Bremen. Learn more about Bremen’s new 105-MW CHP plant and its ultra-flexible W31SG engines, which align environmental goals with economic sense.

In Bremen, public utility swb Erzeugung is paving the way for renewable generation by replacing an old coal-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant with flexible gas generation. Powered by the latest Wärtsilä technology, the new CHP gas engine power plant offers heat and flexible baseload in the winter and shaves peaks in energy demand in the summer, all the while making great economic sense for its owners.

Public utility swb provides the city and region of Bremen with energy, heat, natural gas, drinking water, Internet, and telephone services. In close partnership with its home region, swb contributes to the German transition to a low-carbon, nuclear-free economy by investing in renewable energy-enabling gas technology. To convert its energy generation to natural gas, swb has turned to Wärtsilä and its consortium partner, energy provider Uniper, for a 105-MW flexible gas engine power plant. When delivered in mid-2022, the new power plant will decrease swb’s CO2 emissions by up to 75%, helping the state and city of Bremen in achieving its environmental goals.

“Efficient and sustainable power and heat generation is extremely important, both for our company and for the German energy sector in general. We are going to replace an outdated coal burning plant with a modern, clean, reliable and extremely efficient solution, which will provide the flexibility needed today,” says Jens-Uwe Freitag, Chief Executive Officer of swb Erzeugung GmbH & Co. KG, Bremen.

The Bremen CHP power plant will be run by 9 Wärtsilä 31SG gas engine generating sets and a Wärtsilä heat recovery system. The W31SG represents the latest engine design with the highest electrical efficiency and fuel economy on the market. While the Bremen plant will be fuelled by natural gas, the W31SG engine offers fuel flexibility for future needs.

‘Flexibility’ being the key word in its cutting-edge technology, the Bremen plant can be run at any load with outstanding performance in both CHP- and power-only mode. With its modular design and easy ramp-up, the power plant quickly responds to market demand and can produce as much power and heat as needed. The modular design also significantly reduces the plant’s maintenance time and costs, improving its availability and reducing the need for spare parts.

The Bremen CHP power plant will be connected to the district heating network of the city of Bremen and will also feed electricity to the German grid to balance out renewable power generation. During the heating period from October to April, the plant will be used for flexible baseload, district heating and heat storage. In the summer, the Bremen plant provides flexible peak load and heat storage. As the plant will be connected to the grid, its outstanding efficiency and flexibility also offers swb the economic benefit of being able to produce electricity whenever demand and prices are high.

“High efficiency and operational flexibility are essential to meet the needs of the rapidly developing energy market, and these requirements are completely fulfilled by the Wärtsilä 31SG engine supported by a lifecycle solution. Together with our consortium partner, we are delivering a modern, reliable, and very high-quality solution,” says Pekka Tolonen, Wärtsilä Energy Business Director, Europe.

A tailored liecycle solution

The Bremen power plant is delivered under an EPC contract with a Wärtsilä Guaranteed asset performance agreement valid for three years. swb has the option to extend the agreement for seven more years of shared maintenance between swb and Wärtsilä. The Wärtsilä Guaranteed asset performance solution guarantees the performance of the engines and auxiliary equipment and comprises all maintenance services including spare part supply. Part of the contract is also training swb personnel, who will transfer from the replaced coal power plant. Safe plant operation is further supported by Wärtsilä’s digital technologies, such as asset diagnostics as well as remote monitoring and analysis.

This is the third ca 100-MW CHP power plant Wärtsilä delivers to Germany. Wärtsilä has a strong presence in Germany with 1.300 employees across nine locations in the country. To swb’s advantage, Wärtsilä’s German service unit is located in Hamburg, only a little more than 100 kilometres from Bremen. The plant will be taken care of by local experts in Germany supported by Wärtsilä’s global organisation and Wärtsilä Expertise Centres: “In our large workshop in Hamburg, we are able to overhaul all the engine components. The agreement manager for the Bremen power plant is German and the warranty handling will be done by Wärtsilä in Germany,” explains Hauke Sass, Sales Manager Energy Agreements, Service Sales Africa and Europe, Wärtsilä.


    More about flexible engine technology

    More about flexible engine-technology

    Wärtsilä offers a wide range of flexible engine power plant solutions that can provide baseload availability or support an optimised transition to renewable energy.

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    Wärtsilä EPC know-how available for you!

    Wärtsilä EPC know-how

    Wärtsilä’s wide range of project service options offer an unbeatable advantage to any power plant project. With 30 years of experience from projects in more than 90 countries, we can prove that our project management, engineering, procurement, installation and construction, logistics and commissioning services are of the highest quality and lowest risk.

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    Wärtsilä services as your partner in power plant operations and maintenance

    Wärtsilä services as your partner in power plant operations and maintenance

    An operation & maintenance solution with Wärtsilä means entering into a partnership, agreeing on and working towards shared productivity and profitability goals for your company.

    Customer benefits:

    • Wärtsilä responsible for operation & maintenance
    • Lifecycle cost guarantee
    • Risk management
    • Optimised operation and ensured performance
    • Maximised productive lifetime of the installation
    • Maximised return on investment
    • Latest information on product development and technical upgrades

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