SPARKUP –

SEARCHING FOR X

Join the renewable energy revolution.

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before 31 October 2018.

/ APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED

The energy landscape is witnessing a renewable energy revolution.

Wärtsilä envisions a 100% renewable energy future. We are leading the renewable energy transition as the Energy System Integrator – we understand, design, build and serve optimal power systems for future generations.

/ What we are looking for

Wärtsilä is determined to lead the way to provide power systems based on a 100% renewable energy for our customers. A 100% renewable power system will look different than the power systems we have today. The renewable energy generation is driven by the weather and sometimes there is too much electricity available. Electricity can be stored, or it can be used in other processes. Power-to-X process is all about this. Excess renewable energy can be seen as raw material for other commodities such as gas, fuel and water. Power-to-X is also considered to be a key enabling technology for the survival of humankind. We are creating something great here! Therefore, Wärtsilä is now searching for start-ups to rise to the challenge and have exquisite solutions in the area of Power-to-Gas, Power-to-Fuel and Power-to-Water. The solutions can be related to improved methods in Power-to-X or new ways of doing things.

This is what we envision:

Join us on the journey to create a 100% renewable energy future!

We are especially interested in Power-to-Gas solutions e.g. where electricity is used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen by means of electrolysis, or solutions where we combine hydrogen from an electrolyzer with carbon dioxide and convert the two gases to methane or solutions. We are also looking for Power-to-Fuel solutions to create synthetic fuel or gaseous fuel. Through these Power-to-X processes we could enable new tracks for energy storage, and reconversion pathways that utilise excess electric power, typically during periods where fluctuating renewable energy generation exceeds load.

/ Who we are looking for

You are a start-up or scale-up in product development phase, beyond ready to test your products and technologies, and you are eager to explore Power-to-X with us. Potential testing will happen in our facilities and travelling might be required during the collaboration and co-creation phase.

/ Things I’d say on our first date

Designing and building power plants for utilities and industry has been our passion for decades. We have already delivered over 4800 power plants ranging from 10 to over 600 MW in 177 countries worldwide.

Our Smart Power Generation power plants are based on multiple internal combustion engines and are able to run on any gaseous or liquid fuels, including biofuels. They provide industry-leading energy efficiency, fuel and operational flexibility, helping to integrate wind and solar power into the grid.

As a leading EPC (engineering, procurement & construction) contractor and lifecycle support provider, we also support our customers with project development, financing and project services according to needs.

We bring the power, you bring the X – and together we’re one step closer to 100% renewable energy future.

Power-to-X is also considered to be a key enabling technology for the survival of humankind.

WHY JOIN THE CHALLENGE?

Prize 50 000€
Mentoring from industry professionals
Co-create & work on a possible future-altering project
Access to laboratory & testing facilities
Front row seats in the energy industry & transition
Access to customers and distribution network

WHY JOIN THE CHALLENGE?

Prize 50 000€
Mentoring from industry professionals
Co-create & work on a possible future-altering project
Access to laboratory & testing facilities
Front row seats in the energy industry & transition
Access to customers and distribution network
/ Timeline

Application period
18 September – 31 October 2018

Startup interviews November 2018

Finalist selection

Collaboration scoping with finalists
November – December 2018

SparkUp Challenge Day
17 January 2019 in Helsinki

Co-creation phase determined with Wärtsilä

Demo day

Change is in the X.

Join us on a renewable energy revolution.

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/ What is SparkUp Challenge?

The first Wärtsilä SparkUp Challenge concept was launched during the 2017 Slush start-up event in Helsinki. The Wärtsilä SparkUp Challenge is based on Wärtsilä’s purpose: “Enabling sustainable societies with smart technology”. The challenge is divided into two cohorts: Smart Marine and Smart Energy. The focus of the challenge is find to start-ups and scale-ups who have new innovations and business ideas for smart marine and energy and to turn these innovations and ideas into collaboration and co-creation projects.

The SparkUp Challenge journey consists among others of an application period, interview rounds, mentoring, a Challenge Day in Helsinki and it may potentially lead to a collaboration and co-creation phase with Wärtsilä. In the Smart Marine SparkUp Challenge we had 11 finalists out of which we chose 2 winners for the collaboration and co-creation phase: KNL Networks and PortCall.

/ We’re here to answer your questions

Suvi Hakala

Startup Scout,
Open Innovation,
Wärtsilä Corporation

  suvi.hakala(at)wartsila.com

Eleonor Hedström

Manager, Business Innovation
Energy Solutions,
Wärtsilä Corporation

  eleonor.hedstrom(at)wartsila.com

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