Damen Naval has signed a contract with ABB to supply an onboard DC grid system to all four F126 frigates under construction for the German Navy.
Damen press release
The contract includes transformers, generators, tunnel thruster motors, energy storage systems, and related control systems and cyber security solutions. The agreement will bring a clear change in how tomorrow’s naval vessels will not only meet the increasingly complex demands of operators, but also meet the civilian and political expectations of reducing emissions from the naval fleet. increase.
in the meantime ABB The onboard DC grid has shown its value in numerous projects for offshore, superyacht, tugboat, ferry and research vessel applications. Further development of power generation and distribution systems has proven to be robust enough to withstand higher levels of shock and vibration. Meets the strict requirements of the Navy. In addition, the low electromagnetic interference level of the system is improved.
In line with Damen Naval’s own contract for the delivery of multi-mission capable vessels with the German Navy, the choice of DC power system means that the frigate’s diesel generators can operate at variable speeds. The robustness of the DC grid allows the German Navy to use minimal diesel generators without the risk of power outages. This reduces overall uptime and reduces fuel consumption in the power generation system.
In addition, the installation of DC power systems is a strategic and promising decision as such systems are compatible with sustainable energy sources. This gives the German Navy a good start in integrating new technologies throughout the life cycle of the vessel.
“We chose ABB to provide integration of the F126 frigate’s power and distribution systems because of our outstanding expertise in DC power systems. The technical specifications provided by their system are these state-of-the-art frigate ships. Brings valuable flexibility and modularity to the German Navy to adapt to rapidly developing energy sources. “
Hein van Ameijden, Damen Navy Managing Director
“This is an important milestone for more sustainable naval operations without compromising performance, as made possible by the Onboard DC Grid. Navy vessels’ power demand is minutes from standby to high-speed maneuvering. It changes in seconds instead of. This is where our solutions offer great benefits by providing on-demand instant power and excellent energy storage capabilities. We at ABB are excellent in the commercial sector. We have the ability to leverage our expertise and experience to meet the specific requirements of naval vessels. “
SindreSætre, Coast Guard and Navy, ABB Marine & Ports, Business Line Manager
Damen Naval was selected as the winning bidder F126 A 2020 program that follows several years of the European bidding process. The first ship will be handed over to the German Navy in 2028. All construction work will be done entirely in Germany at the Kiel, Hamburg and Wolgast shipyards. Damen Naval is building four F126 class frigate as a major contractor, involving strategic partners such as Blohm + Voss and Thales Netherlands. Two additional vessels, an option of the German Navy, will also be included in the contract with ABB when the order is confirmed.
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2022/05/damen-agrees-with-abb-marine-to-support-power-systems-of-f126-frigates/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=damen-agrees-with-abb-marine-to-support-power-systems-of-f126-frigates Damen agrees that ABB Marine will support the power system of the F126 frigate