Wärtsilä’s flexible motor solutions will further support Italy’s transition to its renewable energy goals
The Wärtsilä technology group will supply the motors with auxiliaries for a 75 MW power plant built in Termoli, on the Italian Adriatic coast. The plant was contracted by the energy utility Metaenergiaproduzione and is being built by FATA SpA, a member of the Danieli Group. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in April 2022 and registered as an order intake in June.
Wärtsilä’s quick-start solution provides efficient grid balancing, allowing the utility to participate in the Italian capacity market designed to promote the use of renewable energy sources. The plant will be called upon by Terna, the operator of the national transmission network, to provide energy on demand to compensate for fluctuations in supply from solar and wind sources. Wärtsilä engines can reach full power a few minutes after starting.
“FATA is developing opportunities in the Italian capacity market and from renewable sources, and Wärtsilä was the natural choice for us to realize this new project,” said Italo Ballestrelli, Executive Vice President of FATA. “Italy plans to triple its solar power generation and double its wind power generation by 2030, and the flexibility of Wärtsilä engines, combined with their experience in this specific segment, are key factors for this ambition. .”
“We are delighted to be working with FATA for the first time on this important project. The decarbonisation of energy production is a goal that we wholeheartedly support at Wärtsilä and is at the heart of our strategy. Efficiency and flexibility are the pillars on which carbon-free generation can be built, and that is what we strive to deliver,” said Kenneth Engblom, Vice President, Africa and Europe, Wärtsilä Energy.
The delivery package includes four high-efficiency, fuel-saving Wärtsilä 50SG engines, plus auxiliaries, control panels, technical advisory services, the operator interface system and commissioning. The engines will run on natural gas. Wärtsilä engines are also ready to run on sustainable fuels in the future, once they become widely available, making them a future-proof solution. Already today, Wärtsilä engines can use synthetic and carbon-neutral methane and methanol, as well as hydrogen mixtures. Sustainable fuels associated with engines can meet long-term energy storage needs during periods of consistently low wind or sunlight conditions.
Wärtsilä’s equipment is expected to be delivered in early 2023 and the plant is expected to become fully operational a few months later.
Wärtsilä has delivered 1,411 MW of power plant capacity to Italy, of which 709 MW is today covered by Wärtsilä long-term service agreements. Wärtsilä has a delivery center in Trieste and service offices in Genoa, Naples and Taranto.
Wärtsilä Energy in brief
Wärtsilä Energy is leading the transition to a 100% renewable energy future. We help our customers in decarbonization by developing market-leading technologies. These cover balancing power plants of the future, hybrid solutions, energy storage and optimization technology, including the GEMS energy management platform. Wärtsilä Energy’s lifecycle services are designed to increase efficiency, promote reliability and ensure operational performance. Our track record includes 76 GW of power plant capacity and 110 energy storage systems delivered in 180 countries around the world. https://www.wartsila.com/energy
Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We focus on innovation in sustainable technologies and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,000 professionals across more than 200 locations in 68 countries are shaping the decarbonization transformation of our industries around the world. In 2021, Wärtsilä’s net sales totaled €4.8 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. www.wartsila.com
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