Taking marine drives to the world
The Switch has just acquired Wärtsilä’s Norway-based marine power drives product range for megawatt-class applications, as this business unit fits into our own long-term strategy to offer environmental energy solutions for marine. Backed by Yaskawa, this acquisition provides a solid platform for us to focus on developing our own core competences together.
Together, we can provide a stronger machine and drive package offering, a broader product range and wider international market access. Included in the deal is the power drives manufacturing factory and state-of-the-art test center in Stord, Norway, as well as an R&D facility in Trondheim.
The Switch Marine Drives Norway AS starts off by celebrating the assembly of its serial number 1,000 drive and is now opening up for business to the world.
Permanent magnet technology
Our permanent magnet (PM) machines and frequency converters are game changers when it comes to reaching the highest energy efficiency, lowering the cost of operations and complying with future environmental legislation and safety regulations. The PM machine can be used either as a generator or a motor.Read more
For shaft generators, our mechanical solution based on permanent magnet generators (PMG) and frequency converters allows the auxiliary generators to be off most of the time and enables the ship to operate at variable speed while producing electricity.Talking point: Game-changer
In electric propulsion, The Switch offers special seafaring vessels, like ferries, cruise lines, tugboats and icebreakers, the opportunity to take advantage of lower operational costs by optimizing the fuel consumption of the diesel engine.Talking point: Sailing on gold
Terntank Rederi, Denmark
These novel product tankers are not only equipped with a low pressure gas dual fuel 2-stroke main engine but also with the direct-drive PM shaft generator solution provided by WE Tech. The direct-drive permanent magnet shaft generator is connected directly to the propeller shaft, so no step-up gearing is required.
ESL Shipping, Finland
WE Tech received an order to deliver The Switch direct-drive permanent magnet shaft generator solution to two new 25,600 dwt dual-fueled handysize bulk carriers, with an option for two more. The vessels are owned by the Finnish ship owner ESL Shipping Ltd., and built at Qingshan Shipyard of Sinotrans & CSC SBICO in China.
Transport Desgagnés, Canada
The Switch delivered its direct-drive PM shaft generators to WE Tech for a series of 2+2 new building vessels for Canada-based Transport Desgagnés, Inc. These new vessels will be built by Besiktas Gemi Insa A.S. Turkey.
Saga LNG Shipping, China
The Switch received a PM shaft generator order with an option of one more from the energy-efficient solution provider WE Tech for an LNG carrier owned by Saga LNG Shipping Pte. Ltd. Deliveries will commence in October 2016.
Wallenius Shipping, Sweden
The Switch delivered its direct-drive PM shaft generators to WE Tech for a series of four new building vessels from Wallenius Shipping AB.
Tarbit Shipping, Sweden
Tarbit Shipping wanted to optimize its cargo operations as well as achieve economical operations in sailing. In addition, the vessels aimed to have PTI Take Me Home mode and PTI Boost mode. WE Tech chose The Switch PM shaft generator, which is driven by the main engine, to handle the cargo operations of the advanced LNG fueled tankers. In this mode, the propeller shaft is disconnected and the gas fueled main engine drives the shaft generator in variable speed.