3 March 2010 - Wartsila and Hitachi Zosen have signed a business development agreement to develop and market fuel cell based power solutions for distributed power generation applications in Japan.
The combined heat and power applications, which can be run on either city gas or biogas, will feature the use of Wartsila's fuel cell technology. The applications will be developed in cooperation by both companies, and marketed by Hitachi Zosen. Wartsila and Hitachi Zosen will utilize and combine their vast experience in technology and business development to provide this new and competitive power solution for the
Japanese distributed energy markets.
"The co-operation between Wartsila and Hitachi Zosen provides an important opportunity to optimize future fuel cell products to meet customer requirements, and to facilitate optimal application development. We are very pleased to start this partnership with Hitachi Zosen in order to develop and introduce Wartsila's fuel cell products to the Japanese market. This is an important step towards the commercialization of fuel cell technology," said Erkko Fontell, Director, Fuel Cells, Wartsila Finland.
Wartsila and Hitachi Zosen have enjoyed more than 20 years of close co-operation in developing the sale and construction of Wartsila equipment to the Japanese energy market. Numerous Wartsila oil and gas fired power plants have been sold and constructed in Japan as a result of this co-operation.