In May 2016, WE Tech Solutions (WE Tech) received an order from Turkish Besiktas Shipyard to deliver Direct Drive Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator solutions to a series of two 15100 DWT Chemical Tankers, owned by Transport Desgagnés in Canada. This is the second order Besiktas made after the order in February 2015 for a series of two 15100 DWT Asphalt Carriers.
With the WE DriveTM and the Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator technology, the energy efficiency of the machinery reaches unprecedented levels in the shipping industry. With its active front-end low harmonic drive technology, the WE DriveTM allows the Direct Drive Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator to operate over the full main engine speed range, while generating electricity for the vessel’s electrical network with high efficiency over the entire range.
With the WE DriveTM and the Direct Drive Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator in Power Take Out (PTO) mode, power for the vessel’s electrical network is generated by the two-stroke Main Engine instead of the less fuel efficient Auxiliary Generators. As the operating hours of the Auxiliary Generators are drastically reduced, significant savings are achieved from reduced fuel and maintenance costs.
In Power Take In (PTI) mode, the WE DriveTM converts auxiliary generator power to propulsion power by employing the Direct Drive Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator as a motor. By utilising the PTI feature in the Take Me Home mode, the solution provides the required Auxiliary Propulsion Drive (APD) to the vessel.
WE Tech, the leading energy efficiency solution provider, will deliver the solution to the first vessel in quarter one of year 2017. Besiktas Shipyard is a ship building and ship repair yard in Turkey with proven experience in building specialized ships. Transport Desgagnés specializes in the operation of vessels carrying bulk liquid and bulk dry cargo, as well as general cargo and chemical products, between Canada and major North American ports.