WE Tech Solutions Oy and China’s Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry have signed a contract for the delivery of two Direct Drive Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator solutions to a series of 68000 DWT bulk carriers, recently ordered by Vulica Shipping, based in Texas, USA.
WE Tech is to deliver its Direct Drive Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator solution to a series of two panamax sized self-unloading bulk carriers, ordered by Vulica Shipping in the USA. The vessels will be built by Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry in China. Contract signing took place on June 24, 2015. Equipment delivery will commence in May, 2016. Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry specialises in ship-building and offshore products.
With the WE Drive™ and the Direct Drive 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 Drive™ allows the 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. This feature is particularly prominent in electrical part loads – the normal electrical load condition in any ship.
With the WE Drive™ and 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 efficient Auxiliary Generators. As the operating hours of the Auxiliary Generators are drastically reduced, significant savings are achieved from reduced maintenance as well.
In 2014 and 2015, WE Tech received several orders of Direct Drive Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator solutions. These solutions will be delivered to the Chinese Tianjin Xingang shipyard for a series of 4 new building vessels owned by Wallenius Lines of Sweden, to Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding for a series of 4 new building vessels owned by Terntank Rederi AS of Denmark, and to Turkish Besiktas Shipyard for a series of 2 new building vessels owned by Transport Desgagnés of Canada.