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August 16, 2002


Wartsila in fuel cell cooperation

Wartsila is cooperating with Danish technology company Haldor Topsoe A/S on fuel cell technology. The development program aims to bring to the market highly efficient, clean and cost competitive fuel cell products with power outputs above 200 kW for marine and distributed power generation and applications.

Wartsila will apply its know-how in marine propulsion systems and decentralized power plant applications. Haldor Topsoe has long experience and a leading position in catalyst development for the oil industry and in development of planar solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology.

Wartsila says the fuel cell development program is part of its strategy to provide environmentally friendly solutions for customers with various power generation needs. SOFC technology will provide products for cogeneration applications with ultra-low emission levels, high efficiency and outstanding reliability.

Haldor Topsoe has worked on the development of fuels cells and fuel processing systems for a number of fuel cell technologies for years. In the past five years, development has concentrated on solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology. Topsoe's position within SOFC technology is to a significant degree based on 10 years participation, also financially, in the Danish SOFC Fuel Cell programme led by the Danish National Laboratory at Ris¿ and supported by the Danish government and the Danish energy sector.

Haldor Topsoe is now developing and plans to manufacture cells and stacks for all relevant applications and segments for SOFC systems..


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