More than 1,000 Vacon 100 Flow AC variable speed drives from Danfoss Drives will be used by Finnish automation and electrification specialist VEO in the electrical systems of four large luxury cruise ships being built by German shipbuilder Meyer Werft. The drives, which range in size up to 250kW, will principally be used in HVAC and pump applications.
Meyer Werft awarded VEO the multi-million euro contract to provide electrical systems for the ships in early July 2016. VEO started work on the project immediately, and it is expected to continue until 2022. The contract includes options for VEO to provide electrical systems for future vessels built by Meyer Werft, and it is anticipated that these systems will incorporate large numbers of AC variable speed drives from Danfoss Drives.
“We have been using Vacon products for many years,” said VEO industry vice president Jarkko Aro. “We have always been very impressed by their performance, quality, reliability and value for money. In addition, the products are backed by outstanding technical support, and we always get a fast, helpful response to any special requirements we may have. With all of this in mind, Vacon AC variable speed drives from Danfoss were clearly the best choice for the largest and most prestigious project VEO has ever undertaken.”
The Vacon 100 Flow AC variable speed drives chosen by VEO for use in the luxury cruise liner systems are optimised to provide efficient flow control with pumps and fans. They use dedicated menu systems that make set-up easy and, as standard, they incorporate invaluable flow-related features such as a two-zone PID (proportional, integral, derivative) control, multimotor options and an anti-ragging function that helps guard against pump blockages.
In addition to products in the Vacon 100 family, Danfoss offers a wide range of AC variable speed drives suitable for marine applications, with power ratings up to 5.3MW on 690V supplies.