Developed by Finland’s Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch, the Poseidon Power offers superyacht builders the option to use diesel electric, hybrid or fully electric power propulsion.
According to its developer, the solution offers a ‘near silent propulsion system, with low vibrations, low operating costs through fuel and maintenance savings.’
These attributes can improve the luxury experience for passengers, save superyacht designers premium square metres that can be used for extra living space or storage and also enable access to environmentally sensitive Arctic waters.
The Switch has already installed a propulsion system built to classification society DNV GL’s Class F standard.
The full Poseidon Power offering also includes a DC-Hub that can provide a ring network to power the whole superyacht. This offers builders flexibility for power generation, energy storage and charging and savings in size and weight.
The system allows for adjustable speed controls, and permanent magnet machines are said to offer optimal fuel cost savings, especially at lower speeds when compared with conventional propulsion machines.
The diesel-electric power option is always available there but the power drives act as frequency converters so can source energy from batteries or any green energy source, such as solar, wind or hydrogen. The hybrid system can run emissions free.
The Switch can deliver a power range from 1 MW up to 15 MW, and all the equipment can be verified at the company’s new state-of-the-art testing facility at its factory based in Lappeenranta, Finland.