Friday, March 23, 2018

Drive Systems News

Inland Workboats Have Much to Gain from Diesel Electric Propulsion

Diesel electric technology, as part of a comprehensive engineering design process, should be considered by the inland towboat sector. Diesel electric propulsion is not a new concept. Like azimuthing drives, its application to the inland marine market has lagged behind other areas of the marine industry. Diesel electric has gained traction in industries where fuel economy and redundancy of propulsion systems for safety is paramount. In particular, vessels like passenger ferries and offshore supply vessels have enjoyed the benefits of the diesel electric systems.

Brazil Orders Seven Ferries for 2014 World Cup, 2016 Olympics

In preparation for the 2014 World Cup, followed by the Olympic Games in 2016, Rio de Janeiro State in Brazil has decided to greatly expand the transport capacity of the Rio de Janeiro – Niterió shipping route. An order has been placed with Afai Southern Shipyard China for the building of seven double-ended aluminum ferries with an LOA of 78 m and a capacity of 2,000 passengers. The ferries will largely supplement the existing fleet. More than 100,000 passengers are transported on this shipping route every day. The ferries have been designed by CoCo Yachts Holland BV in Heukelum.

Rio ferry rendering courtesy of the designers

Rio World Cup Ferries Drive System Contract for Bakker

Bakker-Sliedrecht, Sliedrecht, The Netherlands, has won a contact to provide the drive systems for 7 double- ended catamaran ferries being built by the State of Rio Janeiro, Brazil. The 78.4 m long x 14.8 m beam aluminum ferries will be used to boost capacity on the Rio de Janeiro – Niterói route in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. Designed by CoCo Yachts Holland BV, the vessels are being built at China's Afai Southern Shipyard, Guangzhou and will have azimuth thruster propulsion ferries giving a minimum design speed of 18 knots.

Photo copyright L.A. Cohen

Avtron Upgrades T/S State of Michigan

Avtron upgrades T/S State of Michigan propulsion system with an Avtron ADD-32 Electric Drive System. The T/S State of Michigan is a 224 ft. ex-T-AGOS vessel currently used by the Great Lakes Maritime Academy (GLMA) as a training vessel. After serving as surveillance vessels for the U.S. Military through the 80s and 90s, many T-AGOS class ships have been reassigned for research and training purposes. The existing analog drive system was obsolete and unsupportable. As part of this project, the GLMA upgraded both the machinery monitoring alarm system and the electric drive propulsion system.

E Drive Hybrid Gendrive: Image MTU

MTU Showcases E Drive at Monaco Yacht Show

The Rolls-Royce brand MTU is at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, showcasing its propulsion and system solutions for mega yachts.The range includes both standardised drive packages and customised system solutions, such as the E Drive system incorporating diesel engines and electric motors, transmission, electronics and energy storage system. The MTU portfolio combines the benefits of diesel-powered drives with those of purely electrically powered alternative drive systems. (The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Marine and Industrial Power Systems division of Rolls-Royce).

TMEIC Introduces Dual Purpose Drive

Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation (TMEIC) has announced a new application for the TMdrive-10e2 low voltage drive. The TM10e2 Dual Purpose (DP) Drive is a solution for modernization projects where the user wishes to upgrade from a legacy DC system to a modern AC system, TMEIC said. The TMdrive-10e2 Dual Purpose drive is capable of powering and controlling either a DC or AC motor. This capability allows for flexibility in planning AC to DC drive system modernizations in a manner that accommodates production requirements and budgetary constraints.

Image: Siemens

Siemens Power and Drive Systems for New DSV

Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (ZPMC) has commissioned Siemens to equip the latest diving support vessel being built for Toisa Ltd. with complete drive and power systems. According to Siemens, the solution is designed to improve the vessel’s reliability and maneuverability, as well as reduce fuel consumption, so lowering overall operating costs. The integrated drive system (IDS) used in the vessel, with a length of approximately 146 meters, conforms with the international certification standards of DNV GL.

VULKAN Drive Tech to Exhibit at Power-Gen Europe

VULKAN Drive Tech, a division of the international VULKAN group, and a specialist in industrial drives, will be an exhibitor at the Power-Gen Europe event, which is being held from 12th – 14th June in Cologne. such as, for example, wind energy plants, pumped storage and hydro power plants. Pumps and compressors are at the core of many industrial plants in the oil and gas sector. Therefore, their efficient and fault-free operation is of prime significance for the availability and efficiency of the entire plant.

Photo courtesy of MTU

MTU's Yacht Offerings on Display in Monaco

Press release - Rolls-Royce will present MTU propulsion systems and automation products for megayachts at the Yacht Show in Monaco from September 23-26, 2015. On show on Stand QC9 on the Quai Chicane there will be a model of an MTU Type 20V 4000 M93 engine combined with an electric motor in a hybrid configuration. Visitors will be shown a variety of drive modes from silent mode through to electric mode. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce.

Hybrid Yacht Power: Balqon Deliver HIQA System

DSE Hybrid selects Balqon Corporation lithium battery system for Island Pilot hybrid yacht using solar electric drive. Balqon Corporation, a developer of electric vehicles, drive systems and lithium battery storage devices, have delivered and installed a HIQAP™ high energy storage 1000 ahr, 48 volt battery system into Island Pilot Yacht, America’s First Hybrid Yacht, powered by DSE Hybrid solar electric drive. The Battery System delivered included lithium batteries, Balqon proprietary Battery Management System…

Dr Ulrich Dohle (left), CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, talks to Winfried Hermann, Minister of Transport in Baden-Württemberg, about eco-friendly drive concepts for rail transport.  (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce Showcases MTU's Drive System

Winfried Hermann, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of Germany’s federal state of Baden-Württemberg, paid a visit to Rolls-Royce Power Systems in Friedrichshafen, where he was keen to learn about eco-friendly drive concepts for rail transport. MTU's Hybrid Powerpack was one of the technologies shown to him by company CEO Ulrich Dohle. Hybrid Powerpacks consume up to 25 percent less fuel than conventional state-of-the-art diesel drive systems, and are also quieter to run and emit less CO2. MTU is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce.

Hybrid Electric Drives for USCG OPC Newbuilds

Leonardo DRS, Inc. has been awarded a contract by Eastern Shipbuilding to provide hybrid electric drive systems for the U.S. Coast Guard’s new fleet of Offshore Patrol Cutters. The contract, for the first nine systems, is worth $10.7 million. Eastern Shipbuilding is the prime contractor and builder of these next-generation Offshore Patrol Cutters. Under the contract, Leonardo DRS will provide its high-performance, permanent magnet motor-based Auxiliary Propulsion System. This…

MAN Diesel & Turbo to Buy 40% Stake in Aspin Kemp

MAN Diesel & Turbo said it has contractually agreed to acquire a 40 percent participation in Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA), a Canadian company specializing in power supply, energy management and drive systems for marine applications. Jointly, the companies will offer turnkey integrated power, propulsion and automation solutions. AKA co-founder Jason Aspin will remain with the company as Managing Director and shareholder, while the other founding partner, Neale Kemp will sell his shares in AKA and retire from active business operations.

Rolls-Royce Sets Up MTU Middle East Subsidiary

Rolls-Royce has set up MTU Middle East as a new regional sales and service subsidiary with head office in Dubai to support distributors and business partners of MTU, MTU Onsite Energy and Bergen Engines in 21 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. In this region, high-speed and medium-speed large diesel and gas engines, drive systems and on-site power generation systems are mainly deployed in electrical power generation, the oil and gas industry, and to drive trains and agricultural machinery.

Wolfgang Schmid (Photo: ZF)

MN100: ZF Marine Propulsion Systems

ZF Marine supplies propulsion system components for yachts, defense craft, high-speed ferries, workboats and commercial vessels, in a power range from 10 to 14,000 kW. The product portfolio includes a comprehensive range of transmissions (reversing, non-reversing and hybrid), propellers POD-drive systems, steering systems and CANbus-compatible, electronic control systems, azimuth thrusters, tunnel thrusters, bow thrusters and sail drives. ZF Marine is a global leader in marine propulsion technology.

Photo courtesy of WEG

WEG’s CFW11W Offers Higher Power

WEG presented its CFW11W variable speed drive to the shipbuilding and marine industry for the first time recently, and according to WEG, the water-cooled drive offers up to 40% higher power in a more compact size than standard air-cooled inverters and as a result enables shipbuilders to increase efficiencies and optimize their processes on board. The modular, water-cooled CFW11W frequency inverter from WEG offers a solution to space and corrosion challenges. With power ratings from 450 kW to 2…

Swedish Coast Guard Selects Volvo Penta

The Swedish Coast Guard is to install Volvo Penta’s Inboard Performance System (IPS) in a new type of vessel for sea rescue and border control. Using the IPS system, the Coast Guard is targeting to reduce the fuel consumption of the new vessels by about 30%. The drives were chose for the five new KBV 312 vessels that will be used for surveillance, border control, fishing control, sea rescue and safety at sea activities. The order to Volvo Penta consists of a total of 15 complete IPS systems.

Michael Wellenzohn, member of the Board of Management of DEUTZ AG for Sales/Service & Marketing

Deutz Buying Binge Continues

In the wake of its acquisition of the electric drive specialist Torqeedo GmbH, Deutz announced today that it will acquire IML Motori, an Italian sales and service partner based in Lomagna near Milan, a move which simultaneously strengthens its presence in Italy and gives the company market penetration in the service segment. The subsidiary IML Service and the Romanian sales and service company IML Motoare also form part of the acquisition. Deutz is looking to drive growth in its profitable service business and increase its proximity to customers in the Mediterranean.