The project leaders pictured at the Sustainable Energy Catapult Centre’s test facility at Stord, Norway, from left: Egil Hystad, Wärtsilä, Willy Wågen, Sustainable Catapult, and Kjell Storelid, Wärtsilä (Source: Wärtsilä)

First engine tests using ammonia as fuel

The Sustainable Energy Catapult Centre’s testing facilities in Stord, Norway, will provide the setting for the first long-term, full-scale testing of ammonia as a fuel in a marine four-stroke combustion engine early in 2021.

Supported by a NOK 20 million grant from the Norwegian Research Council, Wärtsilä, Knutsen OAS Shipping and Repsol will collaborate in the project which represents the next step in Wärtsilä’s research and development into ammonia as a marine fuel.

The company’s first ammonia combustion tests were carried out last winter in Vaasa, Finland. And the technology group is also involved in a five-year project to test an ammonia-powered fuel cell on board the offshore supply vessel, Viking Energy, owned by Norway’s Eidesvik Offshore.

General manager, Market Innovation at Wärtsilä Marine Business, commented: “We are really excited to further develop and understand the combustion properties of ammonia as a carbon-free fuel in one of our multi-fuel engines. A future implementation of ammonia … combined with clean energy production from offshore wind or other renewable energy sources can be the start of a new industrial era for the Norwegian industry.”

Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore
Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore