Demo2000 has been a collaborative project between Wärtsilä, Knutsen OAS Shipping AS, Repsol, Equinor, and the Norwegian Sustainable Energy Catapult Centre. It has been made possible by a grant from the Norwegian Research Council.
Agility. Because it was a partnership project and all partners had easy access to the project, there have not been the usual delays when changes to the system components have been needed. Development has been fast, thanks to system thinking and a holistic approach by all project partners.
An experience to be shared. It offered a location where customers and other stakeholders could see the test environment and the solution in action. It has offered a possibility to study the set-up together and have open and fruitful discussions.
A variety of tests. It has been possible to test a variety of fuel blends. This helps find out which blends are most effective, which are most practical, and how changes in the environment affect the system.
Safety improvements. The test set-up has made it possible to further improve the safety aspects. Every component has already been designed for safety, and the set-up allows the project partners to discover how things work in real-life circumstances. Partners have also discovered things that need to be included in crew training.
Through the Demo2000 test project, and also by other internal R&D project Ammonia as alternative fuel, we have gained highly valuable insights running an engine on ammonia, but also on all the systems around as tank, bunkering procedures, catalyst and safety systems needed to take a pole position in the decarbonisation of shipping.
A strong commitment to innovation has brought the project to great achievements. And the work does not stop even if the project comes to an end. Teams in Wärtsilä Finland and in Wärtsilä Norway continue to work closely together with the ecosystem to develop a reliable ammonia solution for marine applications.