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Wärtsilä, Versa Power Systems Make Cooperative Agreement

Posted on June 3, 2011

Wärtsilä and Versa Power Systems (VPS), a developer of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), have made a cooperative agreement to develop and integrate Versa Power's SOFC technology into Wärtsilä products.

A key target of the agreement is to develop commercial Wärtsilä fuel cell products that generate power and heat for various applications in the distributed energy and marine markets. The agreement allows Wärtsilä to integrate VPS fuel cell stack modules, especially for larger power range products. For VPS, the agreement provides a partner with the ability to commercialize fuel cell products in large markets around the globe.

Advancing and commercializing fuel cell products is part of Wärtsilä’s long-term development strategies, the company said. Fuel cells are electro-chemical devices that combine a fuel source gas with oxygen to produce electricity, heat, and water. The absence of combustion processes reduces harmful emissions.

Wärtsilä has already launched pilot projects using fuel cell technology supplied by Topsoe Fuel Cell A/S headquartered in Denmark. In 2008, Wärtsilä delivered a fuel cell unit that operates on landfill gas and produces electricity and heat for the city of Vaasa in Finland. In the summer of 2010, a WFC20 fuel cell unit was installed onboard the Undine, a car carrier owned by Sweden's Wallenius Lines.

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