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Our Clients

We serve a diverse list of clients in a range of vertical markets worldwide.

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Our Clients

We serve a diverse list of clients in a range of vertical markets worldwide..

Our Current Client List:

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(Starnberg, Germany)

Marine electric drives

Torqeedo is a pioneer in the development and commercialization of electric and hybrid marine propulsion technology. Founded in 2005, Torqeedo is headquartered in Starnberg, Germany and sells its award-winning products in over 50 countries around the world.


(Newport Beach, Calif)

DC Power products

Based in Newport Beach, Calif., Newmar has been a leading manufacturer of DC power products for over 40 years. The company serves mission-critical applications in marine, telecommunications, networks, land-mobile and automation markets, and sells its products through authorized distributors globally. In addition to battery chargers, Newmar’s marine products include inverters, DC converters, power supplies, DC power conditioners, DC power stabilizers and DC UPS. For more information, visit www.newmarpower.com.

Elcome International


Marine systems integrator and ship service

Founded in 1969, Elcome has been serving the marine industry as an innovative, reliable and high quality system integrator, distributor, installer and after-sales service agent of marine equipment, technologies and solutions.


(Cerritos, CA)

Permanent magnet power generation, waste heat recovery

Calnetix helps OEMs to meet industry demand for reliable, clean energy by providing our Thermapower® and Hydrocurrent™ ORC systems to recover and utilize waste heat, and our VDC® and REGEN™ flywheel systems to store and recycle energy.

Danelec Marine


Bridge electronics for maritime industry

Danelec Marine is a leading manufacturer of VDRs (Voyage Data Recorders) with more than 6,000 installations worldwide and is strongly positioned in ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems). 

Taylor Made Group

(Gloversville, NY)

OEM & aftermarket boating products

The Taylor Made Group traces its beginnings to 1908 and the custom canvas trade. Today, the diversified businesses that make up the Taylor Made Group share an unwavering commitment to founder Nelson A. Taylor’s business values: Superior craftsmanship, constant innovation and customer support far beyond the ordinary.

Volvo Penta of the Americas

(Chesapeake, VA)

Marine and industrial engines

Volvo Penta, with 3,500 dealers in more than 130 countries, is a global manufacturer of engines for leisure boats and commercial vessels, as well as industrial applications. The propulsion program includes diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs between 10 and 900 horsepower. Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy trucks, buses and construction equipment.

Clients’ Press Releases

Torqeedo Advances Sustainable Boating with New Products for 2018

November 14, 2017

Leading Electric Boating Manufacturer Torqeedo Presents New Products at METS Amsterdam

Crystal Lake, Ill. – Nov. 14, 2017 – Electric mobility solutions are gaining widespread acceptance in the automotive markets and in all other transportation sectors, including the marine market. “Offering sustainable products that deliver a superior value over conventional combustion engines has always been Torqeedo’s core. We continue this tradition in 2018,” Torqeedo CEO Christoph Ballin said on the occasion of the first presentation of the product innovations at METS Amsterdam 2017, the world’s largest trade fair for marine equipment.

The new 48V battery, Power 48-5000, makes the use of AGM or gel batteries for electric mobility obsolete. Due to its long service life and eight-year capacity warranty, it provides the ultimate cost-effective lithium battery supply for electric motors up to 10 kW and for all electrical loads onboard. It also features unparalleled energy density and superior safety.

Deep Blue, Torqeedo‘s award-winning 40- and 80-horsepower propulsion system, is the cornerstone of powerful electric mobility – from the tried-and-true plug-in electric to the highly customizable hybrid solution that provides complete energy management onboard. With the new BMW i8 high-power battery, boats with limited space can now take advantage of state-of-the-art automobile battery technology and the highest energy density available in the marine market.

The new Ultralight 403 A models offer an advanced mount, providing quick and convenient mounting options for fishing kayaks and improved maneuverability.

The Cruise Pod propulsion system, which has won worldwide acclaim since its introduction in 2016, delivers lightweight and economical electric propulsion for sailboats up to 20 horsepower equivalent power. With the new Cruise 10.0 FP Saildrive Mount it has become even easier to refit from a diesel saildrive to clean, lightweight electric propulsion using the existing saildrive mounting points.

At the METS Amsterdam, which starts today, Torqeedo is exhibiting at booth no. 01.741.

For high-resolution images, visit: http://media.torqeedo.com/press/Torqeedo-2018.zip.

For the 2018 catalogue, visit: http://media.torqeedo.com/catalogs/torqeedo-katalog-2018-en.pdf.

About Torqeedo
Torqeedo is the market leader for electric mobility on the water. Founded in 2005 in Starnberg, the company develops and manufactures electric and hybrid drives from 0.5 to 100 kW for commercial applications and recreational use. Torqeedo products are characterized by an uncompromising high-tech focus, maximum efficiency and complete system integration. Torqeedo is part of the DEUTZ Group, one of the world’s leading independent suppliers of diesel and natural gas engines. www.torqeedo.com

Media Contacts:

Tess Smallridge
Torqeedo, Inc.
+1 (815) 981-3302

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
+1 (757) 451-0602


Calnetix Adds Higher-Capacity Model to VYCON® Family of Kinetic Energy Storage Systems for Cloud and Hyperscale Data Centers

November 9, 2017

VDC XXT Flywheel System Offers 50 Percent More Power Capacity in Same Footprint, Available for Immediate Shipment

CERRITOS, Calif. – Nov. 8, 2017 – Calnetix Technologies’ VYCON® energy storage products division has expanded its highly successful family of flywheel kinetic energy storage systems with the introduction of the new higher-capacity VDC XXT.

The VDC XXT delivers over 450 kW and 6,300 kW-seconds of energy storage to provide reliable always-on power protection for large, critical processes, such as data centers, healthcare imaging systems and other power-intensive applications.

“In working closely with our UPS partners and end customers in the cloud and hyperscale data center markets, we found there was a need for greater power storage capacity and higher power density solutions for larger mission-critical applications,” said VYCON President Frank DeLattre. “To meet that requirement, we designed the VDC XXT model to boost power rating by 50 percent within the same footprint as our other models for an impressive power density of 72kW per square ft.”

The VYCON flywheel-based kinetic energy storage system interfaces with the DC bus of the UPS, receiving charging current from the UPS and providing DC current to the UPS inverter during discharge. Upon loss of utility power, continuous and regulated DC power is instantly delivered to the UPS with ample time to transfer to an onsite generator upon a prolonged power outage.

With a 20-year operational life, the VDC XXT offers a highly reliable, environmentally friendly, cost-effective and compact alternative to battery-based power backup systems.

“Valve-regulated lead-acid battery systems are often troubled by unpredictable reliability, high maintenance costs, hazmat issues and frequent replacement, causing uncertainty and potential downtime during electrical disruptions,” said Kamal Diwan, VYCON Vice President of Sales. “Industry studies have revealed that non-detectable and detectable battery failures account for more than 80 percent of all double-conversion UPS failures. Replacing batteries with kinetic energy storage can greatly enhance the critical power chain’s overall reliability and mitigate risk of downtime.”

“In addition, the elimination of hazardous materials, such as lead acid, allows organizations to achieve LEED points toward green-building standards by converting to the VYCON flywheel solution,” Diwan added.

Diwan noted that the VDC XXT can be used in a stand-alone solution or to augment a battery-based UPS. Since 98 percent of utility outages are 10 seconds or less, the flywheel can deliver the needed DC energy to the UPS first during these events, saving the batteries for longer-term outages and thus prolonging battery life.

VYCON’s unique patented technology uses full five-axis active magnetic bearings. The frictionless maintenance-free flywheel levitation solution provides up to 99.6 percent energy efficiency and eliminates the need for lubrication or periodic replacement of mechanical bearings.

The VDC XXT systems are UL and CE approved and are certified and integrated by major manufacturers of three-phase UPS systems, including Eaton, General Electric, Mitsubishi, Riello, Schneider Electric, Socomec and Vertiv. Over 1,300 VYCON systems have been deployed worldwide. They are supported by a network of more than 200 trained technicians with 24/7 availability.

VYCON is a wholly owned subsidiary and the energy storage products division of Calnetix Technologies. Calnetix core technologies in high-performance, high-speed motor generators and best-in-class advanced magnetic bearings and control systems are integral components in the VYCON kinetic energy storage systems. VYCON products are applied in power quality markets to provide back-up power in mission-critical applications and in energy recycling markets for capturing and regenerating energy in electric rail, industrial and distributed generation applications.

For high-resolution image, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zkhz7fcbdmch3yv/AAC1tjA0dDz2l1Q5wWBPRxlra?dl=0.

About Calnetix Technologies

Calnetix Technologies, LLC (“Calnetix”), headquartered in Cerritos, Calif., is focused on Innovation That Drives Industries®. The company specializes in high-performance, high-speed motor generators and best-in-class advanced magnetic bearings and control systems. Calnetix’s patented, underlying technologies, which have been in use since the company’s inception in 1998, have made Calnetix a world leader in the design and production of high-speed machines. The company’s overall technology portfolio and system integration capabilities have led to development and production contracts with industry leaders and the start of many successful subsidiaries that focus on unique niche markets. For more information, please visit www.calnetix.com.

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications