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Future fuels development

Future fuels development

To power shipping in the future, Wärtsilä is investigating a wide range of fuels, including bio and synthetic liquefied natural gas (LNG) and natural gas along with ammonia, methanol, hydrogen and biofuels. Wärtsilä’s research draws on deep experience gained through decades of building engines as well as supply and storage systems for a wide range of fuels. Wärtsilä is leading the way in developing a wide range of engine and fuel gas supply systems to help ship owners navigate the route to reduced GHG emissions – whatever fuels they choose.

We have today the technology needed to use most future fuels.
Development is on-going for the rest.

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Our journey to date: decarbonising shipping


   
Download Our journey to date-decarbonising shipping

Before we begin discussing future fuels, an important distinction should be made between so-called ‘carbon-neutral’ and ‘zero-emission’ fuels.

  • Carbon-neutral fuels are those that have no net carbon emissions, meaning their production and use does not increase the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Examples include synthetic fuels made with renewable energy and certain biofuels.
  • Zero-carbon fuels release no CO2 when used as they do not contain any carbon. While hydrogen is an example of a zero-carbon fuel, it may or may not be carbon neutral depending on how it was produced.

To power shipping in the future, Wärtsilä is investigating a wide range of fuels.

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A brief introduction to future fuels

  • Methanol

    What are the pros and cons of methanol as a maritime fuel? Discover all you need to know in our methanol in our handy one pager.

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  • Ammonia

    Could ammonia fuel maritime decarbonisation? Discover all you need to know in our ammonia in our handy one pager.

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  • Biomethane

    How can biomethane fuel maritime decarbonisation? Discover all you need to know in our biomethane in our handy one pager.

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  • Biodiesel

    What advantages does biodiesel bring to the future fuel mix? Discover all you need to know in our biodiesel in our handy one pager.

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Webinars

22 MAR 2022 Webinar

Wärtsilä 32 methanol – The power to reach carbon-neutral​

22 JUN 2021 Webinar

Fueling the future: Delivering fuel efficiency and cutting greenhouse gas emissions through methane slip reduction

Greenhouse gas reduction and fuel...
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28 MAY 2020 Webinar

Fuels for the future: the steps towards zero emission shipping (EUAF session)

Biofuels and hydrogen-based fuels are needed to decarbonise the...

Deep-dive articles about future fuels

29 APR 2022 Article
6 min read

LNG – Fuel for thought in our deep-dive Q&A

Four Wärtsilä experts discuss the advantages and issues related to adopting LNG as a future fuel for...
19 OCT 2021 Article
5 min read

Methanol – Fuel for thought in our deep-dive Q&A

Four Wärtsilä experts discuss the advantages of methanol as a future fuel for shipping, as well as...
28 JUN 2021 Article
3 min read

Ammonia – fuel for thought in our deep-dive Q&A

Four Wärtsilä experts discuss the advantages of ammonia as a future fuel for shipping, as well as...

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