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Green Ship Technologies
“That is what we are able to do with our EBL and EDCB. With the Electronic
DC Breaker (EDCB) we can disconnect a module within 10 microseconds; faster than any fuse, faster than any breaker.”
Yaskawa Environmental Energy/The Switch the possibility to introduce a new DC-Hub. When I speak with
When you look at the world today, where do you see the ship owners today, a leading concern for ships being built to- best prospects for this solution by vessel type?
day is they know that energy sources will change during the It has been a quite fast development of DC-Hubs, and today life of the vessel, but today they don’t know exactly what that almost all our offerings and all our deliverers are with the DC- energy source will be. Hub. I do believe that most vessels can bene? t from having a
By having our EBL in the DC-Hub, we can connect a new DC-Hub on board.
DC-Hub into the system that then might have the new energy I don’t believe that all vessels should have a complete DC source that will come in 5, 10, 15 years down the line. system, that all vessels today, where it’s better to have a mix of
That might be a fuel cell, or it might be a new engine, or an AC and a DC system, but the more energy source you have maybe it’s something that we are not even discussing today. on batteries, on fuel cells, on variable speed engines, the better
The key to the future (and maintaining a good value and long- it is to have it on a DC-Hub.
life for the ship) is to be ? exible. So there are many vessel types that can bene? t. We’re see- ing interest from a wide variety of vessel types, from tankers
Is the new DC-Hub installed on a ship today?
to fast passenger ferries to reefer ships; even new Navy ves-
Yes, it is. The ? rst installation we did was installed and com- sels we can see are coming into the DC-Hub con? guration. We missioned during one of the really bad COVID periods here in believe that this makes everything a lot easier for the vessel
Europe during the summer of 2021. We had to do a lot of the owner to reach the goals that IMO are setting to make vessels commissioning over phone. We have six more vessels coming. more environmentally friendly.
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