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VariPower Marine

posted on: Nov 15 2016 in Marine

VariPower Marine
Variable Speed DC Generator

Launching this morning at METS Trade is our unique new variable speed DC generator - VariPower Marine - designed as a key element of our Variable Speed Hybrid Power System.

A variable speed DC marine generator; VariPower Marine operates between 900 and 2000 rpm dependant on loads. The unit intelligently adjusts it's speed in-line with demand; therefore reducing running costs, emissions & noise.

The unit is substantially smaller than a traditional generator of the same power capacity therefore reducing space used on board a vessel. VariPower Marine will be available Q2 2017 with an optional sound enclosure.

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Opportunity for Boat Builders to view the benefits of effective Hybrid Power

posted on: Oct 23 2015 in Marine

Energy Solutions now offer a unique testing facility for boat builders where they can take data logged from boats in the field and then replicate the loads through a programmable loadbank. The loadbank will apply steps in 100 watt steps from 0 to 300 kW in a repeatable way so that fuel use and running hours can be trialled with different system components to achieve the blend of power sources and silent running times that you are looking for. The testing facility has advanced fuel flow monitoring as well as the programmable loadbank and 30 kW of DC to AC conversion equipment – ensuring complete and thorough testing.

Energy Solutions are already working with UK clients to mimic real life information and demonstrate to end customers the potential benefits of various stages of Hybrid set-up. This consultancy and testing facility is unique and provides a significant extra dimension to the product distribution and system design capabilities that customers know them for.

Energy Solutions MD Paul Holland explains: "We have developed the testing facility in response to a sharp increase in interest in Hybrid power solutions. Of course boat electrical systems have always had an element of Hybrid about them. - a mixture of shore-power, generator power and battery stored power is a traditional set-up on board most larger pleasure boats, as well as small commercial craft. The real change is the appetite of customers to really integrate these systems to achieve notable fuel savings, lower generator running hours and, as a by-product of these, lower emissions."

Demonstrating the facility Paul puts forward an example to illustrate the benefits: "A good example of this is to look at a modern 10 Kw marine generator - it will peak in its overall efficiency towards full load. Even at this peak the useful electricity produced is only 24% of the energy in the fuel! Run the generator at 30% load and the efficiency drops to 15%. This is an increase in emissions per kWh of electricity of 60%. So by using high output DC-AC inverter / chargers, such as the 8 Kw Victron Quattro, boat builders can run generators for shorter periods at high load (at highest efficiency) and deliver substantial amounts of power from the batteries at other times."

It is all the same ingredients that customers are familiar with – but selected to work elegantly together to achieve maximum performance for minimum fuel.
Those interested in viewing the facility can connect Energy Solutions on 01634 290772 or sales@energy-solutions.co.uk

 

Note to Editors:
Further details and images available from Melanie Lay
melanie.lay@energy-solutions.co.uk
01634 290772
07802 874451

Controlling Titan

posted on: May 11 2015 in Marine

Controlling Titan – Energy Solutions Panels Installed on the PLA’s New SuperBoat

Energy Solutions are delighted to be one of the suppliers for London Titan – the Port of London Authority’s (PLA) new and unique multi-purpose mooring maintenance vessel.  Working with Manor Marine, Energy Solutions were commissioned to design and build the control and monitoring panels for the vessel.

Representing the PLA’s single biggest investment of the past 20 years, versatile is essential for a port that welcomes everything from container ships to HMS Invincible, tall ships to rowing boats. Her unique design means she can work both at sea and in shallower waters all the way up to Richmond Lock.

Energy Solutions’ Head of Sales Mark Penny explains how the company undertook their part of the project: “We are fortunate to work with the PLA on many power, monitoring and control projects. On this project we had a great working relationship with Manor Marine who called us in for our bespoke panel building skills. The units were built here at our manufacturing unit in Kent and then taken to Portland to be fitted.” 

The vessel is on display at the marine trade Seawork show and will be in service by the summer.