Celebrating 15 years of permanent performance

15 milestones in our first 15 years

  1. 2006 – The Switch is founded and becomes 1st 100%-dedicated PMG and full-power converter technology champion for wind power.
  2. 2007 – Serial deliveries of direct-drive PMGs begin for ScanWind’s 3 MW nearshore wind turbine.
  3. 2007 – The Switch and MAN Turbo start testing their jointly developed 8 MW subsea high-speed gas compressor.
  4. 2008 – 1st breakthrough deal for Goldwind’s 1.5 MW wind power converters.
  5. 2010 – Moventas and The Switch launch FusionDrive™ – a fully integrated medium-speed gear and generator.
  6. 2012 – New full-power converter series for wind with world-class fault ride-through capability.
  7. 2013 – Successful commissioning of The Switch drive trains for Haizhuang Windpower’s 5 MW offshore turbine.
  8. 2014 – Installation of 1st commercial 8 MW offshore turbine with The Switch medium-speed PMG. The Switch enters marine business and signs deal with WE Tech for permanent magnet shaft generators.
  9. 2014 – Yaskawa Electric Corporation acquires 100% of The Switch companies.
  10. 2015 – Over 6,000 liquid-cooled, full-power converter deliveries reached for Goldwind’s 1.5 MW turbine.
  11. 2016 – The Switch acquires Wärtsilä Norway-based marine power drive business. More than 1,300 marine drives in operation.
  12. 2018 – MAN Energy launches Electric Turbo Blower (ETB) powered by The Switch high-speed solid rotor machine. The Switch becomes the Environmental Energy Division of Yaskawa Europe.
  13. 2020 – The Switch signs a deal with Caterpillar/Berg Propulsion for direct-drive electric propulsion machines and gensets.
  14. 2020 – Launch of Large Drive Test Center in Lappeenranta, Finland, with testing capability of 18 MW.
  15. 2021 – The Switch becomes leading PM shaft generator supplier with over 100 permanent magnet shaft generators delivered.

And also

  • More than 600 medium-speed PM generators have been delivered for offshore turbines.
  • The Switch high-speed solid rotor motors have been operating for more than 10 million hours, and over 10 years, in tough applications – with zero rotor defects.
  • Over 20 GW of megawatt-class environmental energy technology delivered in 15 years worldwide – wind, marine and industry.

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