Clean and highly efficientABB’s new SureWaveStatic Frequency Converter ensures the static, seamless, and automated transfer ofpower from a ship’s onboard generator to an onshore power source, removingthe need to use diesel burning generators when in port. Switching to this next generation of static conversion technology will enable ship owners to avoid fines and taxes imposed  for not using shore power once berthed.

ABB has engineered SureWaveSFC to be 50 percent smaller than previous models and for added flexibility, it can be installed on the marine vessel or port side.To further increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, ABB’s SureWavecan be paralleled or connected to renewable energy sources like PV or wind farms. As frequency and voltage can vary between ports around the world, SureWaveSFC allows more flexibility when connecting 60 Hz powered equipment to a 50 Hz supply network or 50 Hz powered equipment to a 60 Hz supply network.In addition, using a power module smart enough to operate asan inverter or rectifier, makes maintenance, stocking,and servicing stress free.

ABB’s SureWaveis accredited with the PEP ecopassport, an assessment aligned with the UN sustainability program and ISO 14025 and ISO 14040 toverify a product’s environmental performance. The accreditation considers materials, production, transportation, usage, and end of life. ABB’s SureWavescored class-leading results across its lifecycle due to its superior efficiency and design.

The shipping industryis under increasing pressure to reduce global carbon emissions anditsenvironmental impact. Many ports are introducing penalties for ships using diesel generators when they are docked. By switching to next generation static conversion technology like SureWave, operators can avoid charges and significantly lowerCO2emissions and noise pollution during their stay,said Sebastien Surply, Global Product Group Manager for ABB Power Protection.During SureWave’sestimated 15-yearlifetime, shipyardowners and operators could expect toreduce their CO2emissions by approximately 350tons and deliver operational cost savings to port stakeholders in the region of 1.4M USD1, whencompared to traditional rotary systems.

Thanks to its modular design, SureWaveSFC from ABB can cover a variety of power sizes. Scalable from 250 kVA up to 2.25 MVA for a single system,it is the ideal solution for small to medium port and shipyard installations, as well as a range of marine vessels ranging from super yachts to super tankers. If required, SureWaveSFC can also support higher loads up to 10 MVA with multiple system parallel connections. SureWaveSFC also provides market leading overload and fault clearing capabilities and low distortion. Distortion caused by unoptimized power supplies can result in harmonics, unbalance, and low power factor, which lead to higher electricity bills and potential damage to electrical infrastructure.


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