Ektank harnesses hybrid power for new tankers
WE Tech has received an order to equip two Ektank AB chemical tankers with its Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator solution.
The 18600 dwt tankers are being built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Chengxi Shipyard for the Swedish ship owner and WE Tech is set to commence delivery in October 2017.
Jörgen Johnsson, managing director of Ektank AB, explained: “The solution from WE Tech is important for us to build the next generation chemical tankers, in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability. These vessels will meet all known future demands from governments, the industry and from our customers.”
The equipment will allow the main engine to run at variable speed while the electrical network is generated by the Shaft Generator.
Therefore, there is no need to run the auxiliary engines or generators when sailing leading to fuel savings and reducing operation costs.
In case the Main Engine is out of operation, the solution uses the Shaft Generator as motor – a reliable and cost-effective Auxiliary Propulsion Drive (APD) to ensure the vessels’ safe return to port.
“WE Tech is proud to be a pioneer to supply the most energy efficient solutions. We, as well as our customers, strongly believe that our innovative technology and reliable solutions are the future for the marine industry”, concluded Martin Andtfolk, sales manager of WE Tech.
This solution also brings an efficient method to distribute power to bow thrusters and cargo handling system of the tankers. The method is to connect these large electrical consumers’ inverter units to the common DC link of WE Drive.
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