Torqeedo & Italdraghe to develop new marine drive system
Torqeedo and Italdraghe have announced the joint development of a retractable electric propulsion system for commercial vessels in inland and urban waters.
The system combines Torqeedo’s Deep Blue high-voltage electric propulsion system with Italdraghe’s Azimuth thrusters. It is designed to “provide emission-free propulsion and directional thrust for manoeuvring on environmentally sensitive waterways”.
Torqeedo’s Deep Blue system, integrated with Italdraghe’s Azimuth Thrusters, delivers 50 kW of continuous power and 65 kW of peak power. The propellers are said to be able to rotate up to 360 degrees. “The drive units have a depth adjustment of 600 mm for operation in shallow water and can be tilted up to 60 degrees for maintenance without having to be dismantled from the boat'” it says.
In addition, the Torqeedo system includes one or more “high capacity” lithium-ion batteries. The battery packs can have a capacity of 80 kWh to 1 MWh, depending on the number of batteries installed. It also includes “a shore power charger, a system management unit for energy and power management, as well as a touchscreen display and throttle”.
The new electric propulsion package will be on display at Europort 2021 in Rotterdam from 2 to 5 November on stand 4214.
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