WhisperPower and Diesel Center, a leading propulsion engine distributor in Italy and exclusive partner of MTU, have started a strategic partnership in hybrid technology based power and propulsion systems for superyachts up to 60 metres.
The new systems are already underway and will be supplied to various Italian and international customers later this year.
The systems anticipate and allow for the need of modern yacht owners to improve comfort levels on board their vessels, with one of the key features being a diesel-electric modus.
This modus allows the high performance main engines to be switched off before the system switches over to small, fuel-efficient electrical propulsion motors that are integrated in the drive train (ECO mode). These electrical motors are operated by super-silent, speed programmable WhisperPower generators, called Hy-Gen Genverters, with power ratings from 100 to 300 kW, depending on the size of the vessel.
While set in this ‘ECO mode’, the superyacht will travel at seven to nine knots. The Hy-Gen Genverters also run various on board electronics such as galley equipment, washing machines, air conditioning and maneuvering devices, including stern and bow thrusters.
A further feature is the ‘Silent Night Mode’, which, using battery storage and a three-phase inverter system with a power rating of 20 – 60 k, enables the operation of the air conditioning throughout the night without the use of shore power and/or running generators.
This strategic agreement provides WhisperPower with access to Diesel Center’s extensive existing customer base whilst simultaneously providing Diesel Center with an attractive addition to its comprehensive portfolio.
Roel ter Heide, CEO of WhisperPower commented, “The combination of these two companies, Diesel Center and WhisperPower, brings together all the necessary resources to design, manufacture and distribute this extremely exciting new technology. WhisperPower is the world leader in integrated power and propulsion systems for mid-size yachts and already upholds both an impressive list of users and a proven position in the market.”
Michele Maggi, president of Diesel Center added, “We are very happy with our new partner. WhisperPower is strong on the development and manufacturing side and Diesel Center is very well established in the Italian and international markets for the supply of complete turnkey high class propulsion and control systems”
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