Hydroniq supplies seawater cooling system to Wärtsilä
24 March 2021
Hydroniq Coolers has entered into a partnership agreement with Wärtsilä and supplied its biggest ever Rack seawater cooling system to Wärtsilä’s innovation and production centre – the Smart Technology Hub.
“In the Smart Technology Hub we seek to validate a common and centralised sea water cooling system creating flexibility for large installations. The innovative solution of Hydroniq has lower own consumption and most of all resistant to fouling as well as enabling easy and fast cleaning during maintenance,” says Juha Päivike, Smart Technology Hub Programme Director at Wärtsilä.
The Smart Technology Hub is a new centre of research, product development and production located in Vaskiluoto, Vaasa, Finland. It is part of Wärtsilä's Smart Marine and Smart Energy visions. The Hub will be unique in its field, enabling more agile, more efficient testing and product development of solutions for the maritime and energy industries.
Hydroniq Coolers has supplied a Rack seawater cooling system that will consist of 6 cooling units, each 2.5 meter tall and a total cooling surface of 1820 square-metre, which will be utilised for testing of Wärtsilä’s marine engines at the Smart Technology Hub. The high-capacity Rack seawater cooling system has been developed in collaboration between Hydroniq Coolers and Wärtsilä’s design team.
“This is the biggest seawater cooling system we have supplied, both in terms of size of the cooling bundles and total cooling capacity which is equivalent to cooling of approximately 15 cargo-vessels with a size of 15.000 DWT. It matches Wärtsilä’s ambitions of utilising the Smart Technology Hub to develop new world-leading technology solutions,” says Inge Bøen, CEO of Hydroniq Coolers.
Hydroniq Coolers has manufactured and assembled the seawater coolers at its headquarters outside Aalesund, Norway. It was delivered to Wärtsilä’s Smart Technology Hub in late February this year. Start-up and commissioning will be undertaken later this year.