The Switch has announced that has been awarded a contract to supply its permanent magnet (PM) shaft generator for a 45 000 m3 LNG carrier being built by China Merchants Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. The order is part of an overall energy efficiency system, which is being provided by Finland’s WE Tech Solutions (WE Tech) to Saga LNG Shipping Pte Ltd. Deliveries are expected to begin in October 2016.
The Business Development Manager of The Switch, Mika Koli, said: “The optimised PM shaft generator system using WE Drive™ [WE Tech’s variable frequency drive] allows unprecedented levels of energy efficiency in the marine industry.”
Mårten Storbacka, the Managing Director of WE Tech Solutions, added: “Over the past few years, we’ve been developing our solution together with The Switch and other close suppliers.
“The main advantage of permanent magnet technology is that it significantly increases energy efficiency. Depending on how you calculate it, fuel savings are approximately 20 – 30%. Since this technology lowers the need for installed power on a ship, energy generation and weight are reduced significantly, thereby lowering fuel consumption and the need for maintenance.”
Edited from press release by David Rowlands
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