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Switching on frequently 04/2021: Road to net zero

Dear friends,

Reaching net zero by 2050 is perhaps the biggest challenge for humankind ever! Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch has always been developing technologies and products that enable you, our customers, to provide solutions that contribute to the journey toward net zero.

Miika Reinikka
Division President & Chairman of the Board

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reduce carbon footprint

Why permanent magnet machines outperform induction machines?

A study we made during summer 2021 quantified impressive permanent magnet (PM) machine efficiencies for vessels like LNG and LPG carriers that often utilize slow-speed, direct-driven in-line shaft generators producing electrical power from two-stroke main engines.

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Future tools are already here


The marine industry is looking for ways to comply with looming emission regulation deadlines and prepare for the future. Possible solutions include a host of alternative fuels, further electrification and greater efficiency of current solutions.

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What could the most robust high-speed technology do for your application?

solid reliability

If you want a simplified drive system with better efficiency, higher speeds, higher powers and safety, our solid rotor machines are the answer.

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New concepts for powering electric vessels

mix of energy

In the marine industry, the future looks highly interesting, with major challenges to unravel. The energy mix on board is likely to be a fascinating mosaic. And our vessels have to be ready.

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Berg accelerates drive into electric propulsion

berg propulsion

Berg Propulsion has signed a key supplier and cooperation agreement to provide systems integration capability for Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch permanent magnet and power electronics products.

“This will allow shipping companies to meet demanding emission reduction targets.”
‒ Miika Reinikka, Division President, Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch

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Presentation at Electric & Hybrid North America

Asbjørn Halsebakke

On December 7, Asbjørn Halsebakke was a guest speaker at Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo USA & Canada Virtual ‘Live,’ presenting new concepts for powering electric vessels and his views of how the world can become a better place to pass on to future generations.

“For me, it’s very important that I’m working with something that makes the world a better place to live. ”
‒ Asbjørn Halsebakke, Manager Technical Solutions, Marine, Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch

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