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Wärtsilä Participating In Combustion Engine Technology Research Program

Posted on November 25, 2009

Wärtsilä is one of the companies driving a national three-year combustion engine technology research program. The initiative has been set up by a wide and cross-functional consortium of Finnish technology companies and research institutes. The principal aim of the Future Combustion Engine Power Plant (FCEP) program is to develop reciprocating engine and related power plant technologies while meeting the requirements of tightening environmental legislation. This unique project also enables closer co-operation that will create synergies between the research activities of the consortium members.

The program is to be led and coordinated by CLEEN Oy, the Strategic Center for Science, Technology and Innovation of Finland (CSTI) for Energy and the Environment. The program will start on January 1, 2010 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012. Wärtsilä is one of the biggest contributors to the FCEP program. Of the program's US$57 million total cost, US$15.4 million will be covered by the participating companies, and US$7.5 million by the research institutes. The remainder will be funded by the government through Tekes (The Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation).

The key areas of research will include improvements in the combustion process, energy efficiency, emissions reduction methods, heat recovery systems, and power conversion technologies. Fuel flexibility and the use of biofuels in combustion engines are also to be amongst the central areas of research.

The consortium consists of the country's combustion engine and power equipment manufacturers, supported by research institutes and universities.

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