Technology group Wärtsilä has today launched a new energy solution which combines engines with energy storage and machine learning.

The Finnish company says the Engine+ Hybrid Energy solution will “improve efficiencies and grid stability, save on operational and management costs, reduce emissions and boost system reliability”.

The solution has been developed for operators and power producers of islanded grids, said Andrew Tang, Vice President, Energy Storage, Solar & Integration, Wärtsilä Energy Business.

“Island grids and remote grid operations looking to grow and modernize often face tight margins, inflexibility from unit commitment and expensive fuel costs from spinning reserves,” he explained.

“The flexibility and real-time controls of Engine+ Hybrid Energy will reduce operational expenses and environmental impact, helping more of our customers reach their ambitious renewable energy goals and enhance the transition towards a 100 per cent renewable energy future.”

Engine+ Hybrid Energy delivers instant load, addresses step changes and intermittencies, and provides spinning reserves. A control platform called GEMS automatically dispatches available assets and takes into account any operational constraints to ensure optimal operation.

The unveiling of the solution is in line with Wärtsilä’s move to become seen as an energy system integrator, rather than its traditional role as provider of gas and oil engine plants.

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