Wärtsilä Puregas Solutions are leading the development of the biogas sector
1. How exactly will Puregas complete Wärtsilä’s portfolio?
Firstly, Puregas gives Wärtsilä a solid footprint as a turnkey supplier, downstream of anaerobic digestion, in the fast-developing biogas industry. Wärtsilä is now the only supplier in the market with a well-proven in-house solution to produce vehicle fuel, both LBG (liquefied biogas) to replace LNG (liquefied natural gas) and CBG (compressed biogas) to replace CNG (compressed natural gas). It is a very strong position to be in. In the bigger picture of things, the Puregas acquisition fits very nicely with Wärtsilä’s stated goal of becoming an enabler of a sustainable society.
2. Where could an average person come in contact with biogas purification technology?
Biogas is a very concrete product that a normal person would come into contact with when fuelling a gasdriven car and/or cooking at home with gas, for example, or by simply hopping onto a city bus. Biogas is used everywhere and its production is getting more mainstream.
3. What is the biggest challenge in your new job?
I have spent my entire career setting up businesses across different industries. Coincidentally, I started at Wärtsilä after my university studies in Lund, Sweden, as a CFO for an engine manufacturing division in 1990. So, it is nice to be back. But I am a builder and I like building things up. The challenge here is to maintain the entrepreneurial speed and creativity that Puregas is known for while making use of all the expertise, global coverage and financial strength that comes with the Wärtsilä offer. What is particularly nice is that Wärtsilä didn’t just purchase our technology; they’ve also shown a lot of appreciation and respect for how we have structured our business. This is good because we are really leading the development of biogas sector and there is a lot to build on, together.