Wärtsilä announces Engine+ Hybrid Energy solution in support of storage and renewable energy adoption

Wärtsilä Corporation,
  • Trade press release
16 April 2019 at 3:00 PM E. Europe Standard Time

The technology group Wärtsilä launches Engine+ Hybrid Energy, the company’s newest solution for power producers across the globe, helping them to reach their ambitious renewable energy goals. The solution pairs engines with energy storage to form a fully integrated, automated system, and provides a reliable and environmentally sound power generation solution with improved efficiency for the operators and power producers of islanded grids. Wärtsilä Engine+ Hybrid Energy is a concrete example of the company's energy system integrator capability.

Wärtsilä’s Engine+ Hybrid Energy solution integrates standardised energy storage solutions and energy management systems with flexible engine power plants, leading to greater efficiencies, maintenance optimisation, emission reductions and a more streamlined addition of renewables into power systems. The solution serves load instantly, addresses step changes and intermittencies, and provides spinning reserves. GEMS, the control platform, automatically dispatches available assets and takes into account any operational constraints to ensure optimal operation.

Wärtsilä Engine+ Hybrid Energy enables customers to configure or reconfigure power plants with a wide range of goals and uses machine learning to predict operational conditions and automatically dispatch resources. As a result, Engine+ Hybrid Energy solution improves efficiencies and grid stability, saves on operational and management costs, reduces emissions and boosts system reliability. When an energy storage solution and energy management system are integrated into an engine power plant - as achieved by this new Wärtsilä offering - payback periods as short as two years can be achieved.

Many energy producers face two significant operational challenges related to how assets are utilised. The first is spinning reserves - the need to maintain online reserve capacity in order to meet rapid grid demand changes and ensure grid stability in case of generation disturbances. The second is an issue of determining the operating schedule of generating units with varying loads under different constraints and environments. The Engine+ Hybrid Energy solution addresses these challenges for island and remote grids, such as mining operations and other self-generation systems.

“Island grids and remote grid operations looking to grow and modernise often face tight margins, inflexibility from unit commitment and expensive fuel costs from spinning reserves,” said Andrew Tang, Vice President, Energy Storage, Solar & Integration, Wärtsilä Energy Business. “The unmatched flexibility and real-time controls of Engine+ Hybrid Energy solution will reduce operational expenses and environmental impact, helping more of our customers reach their ambitious renewable energy goals and enhance the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future.”

Learn more about the Wärtsilä Engine+ Hybrid Energy solution here.

Caption text: Engine+ Hybrid Energy is the latest hybrid energy solution from Wärtsilä. It provides an affordable, reliable and environmentally sound power generation solution for islanded grids.

For more information, please contact:

Risto Paldanius
Business Development, Energy Storage and Solar Integration
Wärtsilä Energy Business
Tel. +1 (844) 814 4367
risto.paldanius@wartsila.com

Tiffany Refuerzo
Director of Marketing and Communications
Greensmith Energy, a Wärtsilä Company
Tel. +1 (844) 814 4367
tiffany.refuerzo@greensmithenergy.com

Greensmith Energy, a Wärtsilä Company 
Greensmith Energy is an energy storage innovator with over a decade of industry leadership. Now part of Wärtsilä, the world’s leading energy system integrator, we offer unrivaled global capabilities to the most pressing energy challenges. Our integrated solutions strengthen the reliability and flexibility of the grid, integrate more renewable power onto the system and optimise multiple generation assets. Our combined mission is to deliver integrated energy solutions that build a resilient, intelligent and flexible energy infrastructure – unlocking the way to an optimised renewable future. Greensmith Energy has deployed over 70 grid-scale systems across nine countries and offers an industry-leading energy software platform called GEMS.
www.greensmithenergy.com

Wärtsilä Energy Business in brief
Wärtsilä Energy Business is leading the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. As an energy system integrator, we understand, design, build and serve optimal power systems for future generations. Wärtsilä’s solutions provide the needed flexibility to integrate renewables and secure power system reliability. Our offering comprises engine-based flexible power plants – including liquid gas systems – hybrid solar power plants, energy management systems and storage and integration solutions. We support our customers over the lifecycle of their installations with services that enable increased efficiency and guaranteed performance. Wärtsilä has 70 GW of installed power plant capacity in 177 countries around the world.
www.wartsila.com/energy 

Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2018, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.2 billion with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.
www.wartsila.com

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