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Energize Electric propulsion for marine vessels
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Electric propulsion for marine vessels

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Azipod XL, the latest version of ABB’s podded electric propulsion system increases vessel fuel efficiency to up to 20% compared to modern shaft line propulsion systems. The efficiency gain of the new version is achieved by a unique nozzle system that accelerates the water flow into the propeller to increase thrust, and by redesigning the thruster for reduced water resistance. Since the first installation 25 years ago, Azipod propulsion systems have accumulated more than 12-million running hours with an availability of 99,8%, saving over 700 000 tonnes of fuel and helping to reduce the maritime carbon dioxide footprint. An industry standard for the marine industry, Azipod propulsion is a gearless, steerable propulsion system with the electric drive motor located in a submerged pod outside the ship hull. With 360° maneuverability, it is used to steer and drive a broad variety of vessels at the same time.

Contact Shivani Chetram, ABB, Tel 010 202-5090, shivani.chetram@za.abb.com

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