INTENS, a Finnish research-industry consortium coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, has committed over €13 million ($15.5 million) in the next three years, with €5.6 million ($6.7 million) coming from Business Finland, to proactively advance, promote and digitize Finnish marine industries, specially focusing on energy efficiency improvement and emissions reduction of ship energy systems.
Finland has been one of the leading countries in the digitalization and automation of the marine industries. The INTENS project aims to further deepen and uniquely integrate digital transformation into the whole chain of the marine cluster, from R&D to innovation, design, manufacturing and operation. It is hoped the generated innovations will improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions of ship energy systems, and potentially disrupt the manner in which the marine industries operate currently.
“Expectations for this co-operation effort bringing together skilled organizations are high,” said Chief Advisor, Matti Säynätjoki, from Business Finland.
“Based on the knowledge and skills formed in INTENS the companies will develop new components, systems, software products and knowledge based services with higher added value,” Säynätjoki continued.
“Wärtsilä believes the INTENS project to be an important step towards a smart marine ecosystem. As the outcome, we expect to see improved system efficiency, reliability and availability,” said General Manager,Sebastiaan Bleuanus, from Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.
“Collaboration and sharing is the future. INTENS is an open collaborative consortium and we welcome all the interested parties worldwide to work with us together for a smarter and greener shipping future,” addresses the INTENS Project Coordinator, Zou Guangrong, from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
The INTENS (Integrated Energy Solutions to Smart and Green Shipping) consortium consists of 14 Finnish marine companies (Wärtsilä Finland Oy, NAPA Oy, Meyer Turku Oy, Dinex Ecocat Oy, Deltamarin Oy, Vahterus Oy, Protacon Technologies Oy, Parker Hannifin Oy, JTK Power Oy, 3D Studio Blomberg Ab, Jeppo Biogas Ab, Visorc Oy, Tallink Silja Oy and NLC Ferry Ab Oy) and 5 renowned research organizations (Aalto University, Lappeenranta University of Technology, University of Vaasa, Åbo Akademi University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd).