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Future fuels in shipping

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.


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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Adopting methanol as marine fuel

If you are considering a switch to low-carbon fuel, methanol is an attractive option. Green methanol has the potential to be carbon free, and it meets current and future emissions targets in terms of NOx, SOx and particulates.

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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...
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

28 FEB 2023 Article
5 min read

Future fuels A to Z – 19 best picks on future marine fuel technology

The 19 best picks on marine future fuel technology to help you comply with...
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...
20 FEB 2023 Article
7 min read

Methanol as marine fuel – is it the solution you are looking for?

What are the advantages of methanol as marine fuel? What are the issues that ship...

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