Energy Cast Podcast: Bringing Flexible Engines and Renewables Together


Energy Cast is a regular podcast featuring some of the top experts across all links in the industry chain. Those include coal, nuclear, efficiency, renewables, oil and gas, as well as top government researchers. Longtime project manager Jay Dauenhauer created it and has been hosting Energy Cast for several years. In this Energy Cast podcast, host Jay Dauenhauer talks with Risto Paldanius, Wärtsilä director of business development for energy storage and optimization: “Bringing Flexible Engines and Renewables Together”.

Key Takeaways:

  • Wärtsilä’s reciprocating engines are being deployed in places where renewable capacity is growing, such as wind-heavy Oklahoma and west Texas.
  • Paldanius talks about Wärtsilä’s acquisition of Greensmith Energy as well as the lessons learned that led to the embrace of fast-starting combustion engines to balance the intermittent clean energy on the grid.
  • “ We saw renewables coming (and) realized that is very beneficial for our engine business,” Paldanius said, “because the engines are very flexible–stopping, starting and highly efficient.”

Path to 100% Perspective:

This podcast continues the conversation of coordinating between fuel generation, renewables and storage to develop a hybrid energy future to provide a critical solution to energy grids struggling to find the right combination.  This 22-minute discussion covers the misconceptions of diesel engines, the way to maximize today’s software and way to optimize next generational storage.