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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

Volvo Penta Stakes Leadership Position in Wind Farm Support Vessels

November 30, 2017

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – Nov. 28, 2017 – Volvo Penta has emerged as a leading supplier of propulsion systems for support boats in the booming offshore wind farm industry in Europe, and is poised to capture a significant position as new wind farms come into service in North America.

“Wind farm support vessels operate under some of the world’s most difficult conditions,” said Jens Bering, vice president of marine sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas. “They must be able to work 24/7 in high winds and heavy seas delivering crew and materials quickly and safely to the offshore towers without wasting time and fuel. On station, it’s a big challenge for the operator to nose up to the turbine towers and hold position in turbulent waters when transferring technicians and supplies.”

Volvo Penta’s IPS is the ideal solution for these vessels, according to Bering. “When compared to standard shaft drives, IPS consistently produces 30-40 percent longer cruising range, 15-20 percent higher top speed, 20-35 percent reduction in fuel consumption, 20-35 percent less CO2 emissions and 50 percent lower perceived noise levels. In addition, IPS provides safe and predictable boat handling, especially with its standard joystick controls. IPS is also easier to install, taking about 50 percent less time than inboard shafts, and is easier to service. The pods also provide higher torque and faster acceleration, as well as higher bollard pull of approximately four tons per pod unit, so it will not lose grip in high seas.”

Bering cited a study conducted by BMT Nigel Gee in June 2015, comparing propulsion options for a 26m vessel. IPS scored higher than fixed pitch, controllable pitch, waterjet and linear jet systems, in terms of bollard pull, efficiency, maneuverability and redundancy. The slightly higher initial cost of IPS is more than offset by the dramatic improvement in life-cycle costs.

Njord Offshore is a good example. The U.K.-based company operates a fleet of 15 crew transfer vessels (CTVs) of 21m and 26m. Six of its 26m CTVs are powered by a Volvo Penta IPS900 Quad installation.

Tom Mehew, director at Njord Offshore, said in 2016, “We’ve been using Volvo Penta’s IPS900 Quad system in our 26m CTVs for over a year now and all expectations have been fulfilled. We, and our customers, require speed, maneuverability and efficiency combined with high static bollard push. In addition, we also look for reliability and redundancy to maximize the uptime for our clients. The advantages of the IPS have been fully proven. The joystick controls are intuitive, the control response times are fast and accurate, which ultimately makes docking on a boat landing in rough weather easier and safer – we also have a dynamic fender system to reduce the load on the boat landings during these conditions.”

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) predicts rapid growth of offshore wind energy developments in U.S. coastal waters. The first American wind farm at Block Island is now operational, and DOE reports that there are 28 U.S. wind farm projects with a total capacity of over 23,000 megawatts now in the works. Many of them will be further offshore – 30 miles or more.

These projects will require a fleet of specialized support vessels, and Volvo Penta plans to be ready to answer the call, according to Bering. “We have a strong market share in the European wind farm support vessel segment. We have a great deal of real-world experience in this sector and excellent relationships with the naval architects, shipyards and operators, and we are well positioned to meet the demand for these highly specialized vessels as the North American market opens over the next few years.”

For a high-resolution image, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1hsp8gz2dogpdrt/AABzUFHaxvkepneL6cxgvUioa?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 1,000 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 Powers Solar Boat’s Great Loop Trek

November 30, 2017

Crystal Lake, Ill. – Nov. 28, 2017 – Capt. Jim Greer and his solar boat RA returned to their home port in New Port Richey, Florida, Nov. 8, after completing a 7,200-mile voyage running totally on solar panels, batteries and an all-electric propulsion system provided by Torqeedo.

The Great Loop voyage took RA from Florida up the East Coast, through the Great Lakes, down the Mississippi and across the Gulf of Mexico, completing the trip at Sand Bar Island, Florida. It was completed in two segments with a break in Waterford, New York. Greer said this was the first time a solar-powered all-electric boat has completed the Great Loop.

“With solar panels, batteries and Torqeedo electric motors we were able to complete our travel days without any use of fossil fuels or plugging into marina electric hook-ups when docked,” said Greer. “We don’t have a backup generator or power cords in case of emergency, as that’s the adventure in it.”

The custom vessel, designed and built by Greer, is a 48-ft. trimaran named for the sun god of ancient Egypt. It is propelled by a Torqeedo Cruise 10.0 kW motor and a pair of smaller Cruise 4.0 kW outboards. The electric motors draw power from two banks of batteries – one with four 12V AGM batteries in a 48V configuration, and the other with eight of the same batteries also in a 48V configuration. The batteries are recharged from the array of 20 245-W solar panels on the roof of the cabin.

Greer estimates that the cost of fuel for a similar size boat would have been at least $10,000 for the Great Loop. “Not only did we save money on fuel, we achieved zero emissions, demonstrating that boating doesn’t have to pollute the air or water with emissions from a combustion engine.”

“The Torqeedo motors are real workhorses,” said Greer. “They are amazingly efficient. We recorded a top speed of 10.7 mph at 7,300 W, but we normally ran at five mph to optimize battery capacity, typically putting in a 30-mile run per day.”

The overall integrated solar-battery-motor system worked very well, according to Greer. “We could easily run all day on solar power when the weather was good. We could also run on the batteries for extended periods of time without sunlight. Our longest single run was 142 miles in 42 hours non-stop day and night crossing the Gulf of Mexico.”

“Capt. Greer’s pioneering solar-powered voyage provides a compelling validation of the efficiency and reliability of electric boats,” said Steve Trkla, president and general manager of Torqeedo, Inc.

“No doubt about it, electric is the wave of the future,” said Greer.

For high-resolution images, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dvvjrz2biw8m2ev/AABMWKZPGs_if_K7-1uNqb_7a?dl=0.

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
Tess.Smallridge@torqeedo.com

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

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Calnetix Achieves ISO9001:2015 Certification for Quality Management Systems

November 28, 2017

CERRITOS, Calif. – Nov. 28, 2017 – Calnetix Technologies today announced it has been certified to the new ISO9001:2015 standard, signifying the company’s compliance with the latest international standard for quality management systems.

The certification was awarded by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) following an extensive audit to ensure Calnetix’s quality management policies and procedures meet the strict standards and guidelines under the new standard.

ISO9001:2015 was promulgated by the International Standards Organization (ISO) as a replacement for the older ISO9001:2008 standard. It comes into effect in July 2018.

“Achieving the new ISO certification well in advance of the compliance deadline is an important achievement for our organization. It confirms that we meet the most current quality system standards and ensures conformity and consistency in the products and services we deliver to our customers,” said Vatche Artinian, CEO of Calnetix. “It is an important milestone in our ongoing commitment to our core values of outstanding customer service and responsiveness.”

According to the ISO, the new 2015 standard incorporates important new provisions. Among them are greater emphasis on leadership engagement, addressing organizational risks and opportunities in a structured manner and managing supply chain more effectively.

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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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
Tess.Smallridge@torqeedo.com

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

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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.

Contact:
Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications
+1.757.451.0602
jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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Volvo Penta’s Most Powerful Marine Diesel and IPS Make North American Debut at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

October 31, 2017

Volvo Penta Executive Team to Hold Press Briefing:

• Introducing D13 1,000hp Engine and IPS1350
• Boating Dreams Film Series
• Volvo Ocean Race Update
• Seven Marine Acquisition

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – Oct. 31, 2017 – Volvo Penta of the Americas will introduce its most powerful diesel and IPS combo, as well as other new initiatives for the boating industry, in a press briefing at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this week.

The press briefing will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2 in Booth 1203-1204 in the Engine Tent.

Four-Figure Horsepower and IPS Drive: Unbeatable Combination

Unveiled to the European market at the Cannes Yachting Festival last month, the new Volvo Penta 1,000hp diesel engine and its companion IPS1350 are making their first North American appearance in Fort Lauderdale.

The new 1,000hp D13 is the result of a major redesign by Volvo Penta engineers, including new pistons, more efficient injectors and improved cooling systems, combining to produce 11 percent more power than previous engines. The optimized power-to-weight ratio and excellent low-end torque provide incredible power on demand.

When integrated with Volvo Penta’s IPS pod drive, the D13 produces the equivalent power of a 1,350hp engine. The D13-IPS1350 package is available in twin, triple or quadruple installations. The latter of these yields power to the equivalent of 5,400hp.

“The D13-IPS1350 is Volvo Penta’s most powerful IPS package ever,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “It opens exciting new possibilities for American boatbuilders to bring the unparalleled benefits of IPS to larger boats up to 120 ft.”

The Volvo Penta IPS provides impressive performance advantages over traditional inboards, in terms of faster acceleration, higher top speeds and superior fuel efficiency, as well as easier maneuverability and reduced noise, vibration and emissions. Field tests revealed a 36 percent improvement in fuel economy with the IPS1350 over an equivalent inboard shaft system, resulting in a much greater cruising range without increasing fuel tank size. In addition, IPS gives designers more space below decks for cabins and entertainment areas.

Dreams Come True

Fort Lauderdale will also be the North American launch pad for the company’s new Boating Dreams online film series.

Boating Dreams will serve as a vehicle to share the dreams and emotions that inspire people to seek out the boating lifestyle. The first episode features Luca Santella, who talks about his latest boating dream –designing a new crossover yacht that intended to connect people even closer to the sea than ever before. Future segments will feature other individuals who feel a strong connection to boating and life at sea.

The videos are being published online and on Volvo Penta’s social media channels.

“The boating experience is about shared emotions and the joy of pursuing your own boating dreams,” said Huibers. “This is a very personal concept to me. My wife and I bought our first boat before our first home. We’ve spent countless hours together with our family on the water through the years. And now, in my position as president of Volvo Penta of the Americas, I’m fortunate to be able to live my dream in a very special way.”

“Volvo Penta’s Easy Boating initiative is our way of helping others realize their own boating dreams by removing barriers to enjoying the boating lifestyle,” he added.

Volvo Ocean Race Is Underway

Volvo Penta is once again a major supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race, which launched last month in Alicante, Spain. Each of the Ocean 65 high-performance sailboats has a Volvo Penta diesel with Saildrive for propulsion and powering onboard systems. Volvo Penta is also providing next-generation gas sterndrives for the race team RIBs and power generation for the Volvo Pavilion in the Race Village at host cities. The route covers more than 45,000 miles with stopovers in 12 cities around the world. The U.S. stopover will take place in Newport, Rhode Island in the Spring of 2018.

World’s Most Powerful Outboards

Volvo Penta entered the marine outboard segment this summer with the acquisition of Seven Marine. Founded in 2010, Seven Marine produces the most powerful outboard models in the world, running at 557 and 627hp.

Huibers stated, “We are combining the strength of two highly innovative companies to deliver an unbeatable engine range for the gasoline segment. We will not only come to market with an extremely attractive outboard solution, but we will deliver the benefits of our world-class service network to a broader range of customers.”

Seven Marine will continue to operate as a stand-alone entity, retaining its brand, product line and organizational structure. Huibers has assumed the position of chairman, and Seven Marine founder Rick Davis remains as president and CEO.

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 1,000hp. 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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