WE Tech has received an order from French shipowner Geogas Maritime to deliver a fuel-saving propulsion system for two LPG carriers under construction at SAS Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) in South Korea
The company’s propulsion package will include the WE Drive, a direct drive permanent magnet shaft generator and the dedicated power management system (DPMS).
In PTO mode, the ship’s electrical power will be supplied from the permanent magnet shaft generator via the WE Drive so the auxiliary generators can be stopped. The DPMS controls various operation modes and start/stop sequences and interfaces with other control systems on board.
WE Tech said the electrical power generation by the slow-speed main engine will result in significant savings in fuel costs as it is more efficient compared to the auxiliary generator sets. Further savings are achieved by reduced operating hours and reduced maintenance of the auxiliary generators.
WE Tech sales manager Peter Lindström said the WE Drive and the direct drive permanent magnet shaft generator result in a more efficient electrical network throughout the full speed range of the main engine. Mr Lindström added that the feature is “especially prominent when the shaft generator runs on part loads”.
The equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the shipyard in February 2021.
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