Hybrid power — from bridge to propeller02/06/2015
In order to provide fuel-efficient, environmentally conscious products to its customers, Volvo Penta is exploring a host of sustainable power solutions — both marine and industrial. That’s why the company has entered into an agreement with its long-time partner Callenberg Technology Group to team up on a host of future hybrid electric projects.
The agreement, signed earlier this year, provides the framework for how the two companies will run projects and approach the market together.
Volvo Penta and Callenberg, both based in Gothenburg, Sweden, have worked together for many years; as experts in automation and controls, Callenberg has long provided Volvo Penta with electrical components for its marine gensets. But now the two companies will also work together to provide customers with Callenberg’s complete diesel electric solutions — powered by Volvo Penta marine gensets.
Callenberg manages onboard electrical energy for a wide range of maritime customers. Instead of burning diesel to produce electrical energy, customers can opt for a more energy-efficient solution — including diesel-electric systems — from Callenberg.
“Callenberg is an expert at using proven technology to create one system — from bridge to propeller. Through our agreement with Volvo Penta, we now have access to a range of marine gensets, which are an important complement to our systems. This gives Callenberg significant strength and allows us to work on large-scale projects,” says Per-Erik Larsson, director sales and spares, electrical energy management at Callenberg Technology Group.
“We chose to partner with Volvo Penta because their power range is perfect for our solutions, and the engines are reliable. And with Volvo Penta’s location near our headquarters, we can meet frequently and run tests during production more easily.”“Growing marine genset sales and becoming more competitive in diesel electric projects are key factors in the development of the marine commercial segment,” says Håkan Johansson, Volvo Penta business development manager. “We are seeing more demand for diesel electric projects, and increasingly, it’s an advantage to offer a complete solution — as customers and yards prefer to deal with only one contact.”
Volvo Penta and Callenberg at Nor-Shipping
Volvo Penta and Callenberg will both be exhibiting at Nor-Shipping at Norges Varemesse in Lillestrøm, Norway, June 2 to 5. Callenberg can be found at stand E03-07. Volvo Penta will be displaying a D13 marine genset, a D13 inboard engine and an IPS3 pod on stand E02-27.
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