Work Package 1 of the Clean Propulsion Technologies project studies various clean propulsion technologies’ commercial and environmental requirements and timelines. WP1 aims at developing a Technology Roadmap for sustainable propulsion technologies in both the maritime and the off-road sectors. The roadmap will be explored, iterated, and fully developed in collaboration with the project consortium.
Dr. Magnus Hellström is an Associate Professor (tenure track) in Industrial Management at the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Åbo Akademi University. He is part of the cross-disciplinary research group The Sea, which focuses on wicked problems in marine environments. He also holds a similar position at the University of Agder in Norway. His areas of expertise revolve around sustainable business models in maritime and project-based industries. Magnus is an engineer by training and has previously worked at Wärtsilä, Pöyry and Aalto University.
Dr. Rodrigo Rabetino is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management (tenure track) who works in the School of Management at the University of Vaasa. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in economics and a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. His core expertise is in strategic management, business development, and service-led growth in manufacturing industries. He was a senior consultant for five years, working for a multinational consulting company— with over twenty years of experience teaching related subjects in four different countries.
WP1 is co-lead by Hellström and Rabetino and has a special focus on the path towards decarbonization of shipping and off-road vehicles. The WP considers upcoming regulations and other market drivers as well as new product configurations and technology developments. The core task of the WP is the technology roadmapping methodology, but it also includes different complementary tasks such two Delphi studies on future fuels, interviews, workshops, and life cycle assessment (LCA) and cost-benefit analysis of selected technologies or solutions.
According to Hellström and Rabetino, the most innovative and exciting aspects of the package’s task relate to the foresight exercise concerning future clean propulsion technologies and fuels and creating a potential timeline for their development and arrival into the market. Moreover, LCA analyses are also fascinating and helpful, becoming an essential tool for supporting sustainable actions in different industries worldwide.
WP1 collaborates intensively with other WPs and partners. The partners are valuable sources of information and contacts in the industry, which have been vital for the research. WP1’s main partners are Aalto University, Tampere University, University of Vaasa, Åbo Akademi University, Wärtsilä, AGCO, Napa, Meyer, and, prospectively, Geyser Batteries. Yet, the WP collects information from the whole project consortium.