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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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Torqeedo

(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.

Newmar

(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

(Dubai)

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.

Calnetix

(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

(Copenhagen)

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

VYCON® to Feature Kinetic Energy Storage Technology for Hospital Emergency Backup Power at ASHE 2017

August 3, 2017

CERRITOS, Calif. – Aug. 3, 2017 – VYCON®, a subsidiary of Calnetix Technologies, will showcase its VDC XXE flywheel kinetic energy storage system for emergency backup power at the American Society for Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition, Aug. 6-9, 2017, in Indianapolis.

The VYCON VDC XXE provides a reliable, cost-efficient power source for uninterruptible power systems (UPS) in hospitals and medical facilities. It provides instant regulated DC electricity to the UPS to start up and transition to the emergency generators during a power outage, ensuring vital systems and electronics are kept on line.

“The NFPA Health Care Facilities Code requires that stand-by generators must cycle on within 10 seconds of a power failure, and our flywheel technology bridges that gap,” explained Frank DeLattre, President of VYCON. “Traditionally, banks of lead-acid batteries have been used to power the UPS; these batteries require a large footprint, have relatively short service lives and are subject to hazmat disposal requirements. The VYCON flywheel system is 20 times more reliable, smaller footprint, self-monitoring capabilities, is virtually maintenance-free and can be operated in extreme temperatures without degrading performance over its 20-year design life.”

“The VYCON flywheel system provides about a three- to four-year return on investment, and over its lifetime it can save hundreds of thousands of dollars in operating costs compared with batteries,” he added.

Unlike other flywheel systems, the patented VYCON design uses full five-axis active magnetic bearings instead of less-reliable mechanical bearings. This frictionless maintenance-free flywheel levitation solution eliminates the need for lubrication and bearing replacement.

The VYCON flywheel systems are certified by most major three-phase UPS manufacturers. Over 1,000 VYCON systems have been deployed worldwide, many in mission critical health care applications from Operating Theaters, to Imaging Suites, to medical record data centers protecting private patient data. VYCON supports its products with a network of more than 200 trained technicians available 24/7.

The annual ASHE conference and exhibition is expected to attract more than 3,800 health care facility management and engineering professionals, who attend the event to keep up-to-date on compliance, codes, standards, trends, emergency preparedness, efficiency sustainability and other topics. A personal membership group of the American Hospital Association, ASHE is the largest association dedicated to professionals who design, build, maintain and operate hospitals and other health care facilities. Visitors are invited to come by Booth 1015 to learn more about the VYCON kinetic energy storage technology.

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.

Contact:

Jim Rhodes

Rhodes Communications

+1.757.451.0602

jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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Torqeedo Brings the Latest BMW i Battery Technology to the Water

July 6, 2017

Crystal Lake, Ill. – July 5, 2017 – Torqeedo has made state-of-the-art automotive battery technology available for boats by offering BMW i high-capacity batteries via a recently signed supplier agreement. The first boats equipped with BMW i batteries are already in operation or are close to completion, including motor boats, sailing yachts and commercial marine applications, such as water taxis.

The BMW i3 battery has been adapted to work flawlessly with Deep Blue, Torqeedo’s most powerful solution for inboard, outboard and hybrid systems up to 160 HP. The durable high-capacity batteries from industrial production offer the highest energy density currently available in boating – at a lower cost per watt hour than ever before.

The fully automated battery production at BMW in Dingolfing has set the standard in high-precision and extremely robust battery modules. This design is ideal for boat applications which may require superior shock resistance. The prismatic cell design allows efficient cooling, a compact size and even temperature distribution within the battery – with an extremely rugged structure protecting the cells. An optional, progressive cooling system guarantees maximum performance and a long service life even in high ambient and water temperatures.

“BMW i batteries are a model of exceptional reliability and performance in electric mobility. They allow us to deliver cutting-edge electric propulsion and integrated energy management for both recreational and commercial applications,” states Christoph Ballin, Co-Founder and CEO of Torqeedo.

“The selection of BMW i high-capacity energy storage for Torqeedo’s Deep Blue drive system is further proof that performance, innovation and sustainability are not mutually exclusive,” says Alexander Kotouc, Head of Product Management, BMW i. “The successful adaptation of state-of-the-art automotive technology to the water is a testament to the comprehensive development priorities of BMW i.”

For high-resolution images, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/n2dft5dim7uxzdq/AAAgfJ-UXJF8RHf99MlxCDaDa?dl=0.

About Torqeedo
Founded in 2005 in Starnberg, Germany, Torqeedo stands for clean, sustainable mobility on the water. The company manufactures innovative electric and hybrid propulsion systems from one to 160 HP. For more information, please visit: www.torqeedo.com.

Media Contacts:

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

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
+1 (757) 451-0602
jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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NEWMAR SUPPLIES SMART MODULE BATTERY CHARGERS FOR NEW YORK CITY FERRIES

June 27, 2017

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – June 27, 2017 – Newmar is supplying new-technology battery chargers for the new fleet of passenger ferries, which will commence service this month in New York City.

The 85-ft. identical aluminum catamaran vessels were designed by Incat Crowther and are being built at two Gulf Coast shipyards, Horizon Shipbuilding and Metal Shark, for Citywide Ferry by Hornblower, which will operate the ferry network for New York City.

Newmar’s ABS-approved PTMS series modular chargers were specified for each of the vessels.

“The modular design of the 24-volt PTMS charger provides a significant improvement in system reliability,” said Newmar’s National Sales Manager, Brian Giannini. “The charger has three independent charger modules, outputting a total of 67 amps and providing built-in redundancy for uninterrupted service. If one module fails, the other two will continue to provide a charge to the batteries.”

“The modular charger units save time and money in maintenance and repairs,” he added. “A module can be removed quickly from the front panel and replaced by a new module in minutes by any crewperson without special technical training, eliminating the need to disconnect, remove, repair and reconnect the entire charger.”

Giannini noted that Newmar and Hornblower have worked together on many projects through the years, and Newmar’s track record of supplying reliable products with ABS approval, backed by factory service was a leading factor in winning this important program.

The first of the New York City Ferry vessels have been delivered and the first three routes are being inaugurated in June. The full network will be operational in 2018 and is expected to carry 4.6 million passengers per year from 21 landing sites.

For high-resolution images, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jrnhuvdlckcqry8/AACFiqQekbwfJXIuU0WDXWCOa?dl=0.

About Newmar

Based in Huntington Beach, Calif., Newmar has been a leading manufacturer of DC power products for nearly 50 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.

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Calnetix Technologies to Present Marine Organic Rankine Cycle Power Module for Shipboard Steam Heat Recovery at ASME Conference

June 22, 2017

CERRITOS, Calif. – June 21, 2017 – Calnetix Technologies will present an overview of its marine Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) power module technology at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Turbo Conference and Expo this month.

Chris Sellers, Controls and Systems Engineer for Calnetix, will give a paper entitled, “Development of 350 kW Marine Organic Rankine Power Module for Ship Waste Steam.” Sellers co-authored the paper with Larry Hawkins, Director of Technology, Magnetic Bearings.

The paper focuses on a marine-based ORC waste heat recovery system designed to produce 350 kW of electric power from ship steam. The additional power will be used to offset the fuel demand from onboard diesel generators, resulting in a significant fuel savings as well as lowered emissions.

The ASME Turbo Expo will be held June 26-29 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Now in its 62nd year, the technical conference brings together experts from around the world to share the latest in turbine technology, research, development and application in the areas of gas turbines, steam turbines, wind turbines, fans and blowers, ORC and supercritical CO2.

Visitors are invited to learn more about Calnetix ORC heat recovery technology at Booth 901.

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.

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Jens Bering Named Vice President, Marine Sales, for Volvo Penta of the Americas

June 15, 2017

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – June 15, 2017 – Jens Bering has been appointed to the executive team of Volvo Penta of the Americas as vice president, marine sales, the company announced today.

Bering, who has 20 years of experience with Volvo Penta, will provide strategic direction for the company’s North America marine sales segment, with responsibility for commercial and leisure marine sales in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

“Jens brings the breadth of experience to the role, having worked in engineering, sales and product management throughout his successful career with Volvo Penta,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “He is respected by employees, industry peers and customers alike, with a demonstrated record of bringing innovation to the marine market.”

Bering began his career with Volvo Penta in 1997 as an applications engineer and then product management executive. Rising through the company with increasing responsibility, he was named to head the product management department in 2013. In this role, Bering supported sales meeting objectives, managed product pricing and profitability, created and conducted technical sales training and integrated new products into the Volvo Penta offerings.

Originally from Denmark, Bering holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Aalborg Technical Institute.

“I look forward to building on the great working relationships we’ve developed over the years with marine customers, power centers, dealers and industry partners in my new role,” said Bering.

For a high-resolution image, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gu2fsfdilmuhp9x/AABVTKyIPl1EYgPfzQNXiQzna?dl=0.

About Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta, with approximately 3,500 dealers in over 130 countries, is a world-leading and global manufacturer of engines and complete power systems for boats, vessels and industrial applications. The engine program comprises diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs of between 10 and 900 hp. Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy trucks, buses and construction equipment.

Connect with Volvo Penta of the Americas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest company news and insights.

For further information, please contact:

Christine Carlson
Volvo Penta of the Americas
Phone: +1 (757) 382 4084

E-mail: christine.carlson@volvo.com
 
Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
Phone: +1 (757) 451 0602
E-mail: jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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Torqeedo Boosts Range with New Travel 1003 C Electric Outboard

June 15, 2017

Crystal Lake, Ill. – June 15, 2017 – The Travel 1003 C is a new, longer-running model of Torqeedo’s best-selling electric outboard with integrated lithium battery. The Travel 1003 C boasts a 915 Wh battery – 73 percent more battery capacity compared to the standard Travel 1003 at an almost-identical weight.

Both Travel 1003 models offer the same performance as a 3 HP gasoline outboard engine, with thrust equivalent to 4 HP. The Travel is designed for small boats, dinghies and daysailers up to 1.5 tons and is proven successful in the field, with tens of thousands of motors in use around the globe. With a total weight of just 33 lbs., including the integrated lithium battery, the Travel 1003 C is the lightest and most efficient electric outboard in its class on the market – with a range of 18 nautical miles at a speed of 3 knots.

Like the entire Travel family, the Travel 1003 C comes standard with GPS and a digital readout that displays power consumption, battery status and remaining range (time or distance). A convenient USB socket charges a phone or powers a light. The TorqTrac app displays all motor information on a smartphone or similar device, and allows you to plan your trip in advance and share your position on a map with estimated time of arrival (ETA). Handy travel bags for the engine, battery and the foldable solar panel make the Travel outboard easy to carry and charge, even while underway.

The new Travel 1003 C is available for the 2017 watersports season with a short and long shaft version, and is priced at $2,399 USD.

For a high-resolution image, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/binpig23k9nu8do/AADnDCNOv3MVDlXm_oWnpFqea?dl=0.

About Torqeedo
Founded in 2005 in Starnberg, Germany, Torqeedo stands for clean, sustainable mobility on the water. The company manufactures innovative electric and hybrid propulsion systems from one to 160 HP. For more information, please visit: www.torqeedo.com.

Media Contacts:

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

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
+1 (757) 451-0602
jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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