With a prototype under development and a patent pending, Quantum is introducing a new state-of-the-art, hydraulic/electric power system, designed for vessels in the 60m – 200m range. The F45 Hybrid uses the best attributes of both a traditional hydraulic system and a direct electric drive, with impressive advantages on efficiency, low airborne/structural noise, very little heat generation and minimal maintenance requirements.
It offers smooth power that does not fluctuate and requires 50% less power than a traditional hydraulic system. The F45 Hybrid boasts up to 60% greater efficiencies, only consuming the energy as required, when required. This efficiency is partially due to the elimination of control valves in exchange for a servo motor.
A traditional hydraulic system will continue to draw 40% of the maximum power, even when it is not needed, so there is a lot of wasted energy. The F45 Hybrid drops to less than 1kW when in standby mode. These efficiencies do result in more extreme power fluctuations that can be managed through the use of a new Quantum patented product, Dynamic Load Control (DLC). DLC reduces the cyclic power loading on the generators via a unique energy storage device that results in 10X the power density of a typical capacitor bank.
Electric fin stabilizers on larger vessels (60m+), become cost prohibitive due to the prices associated with gear boxes and servo motors. Electric fins with gear boxes must be designed to handle slamming loads which is easier for hydraulic systems to handle with the relief valves. The new F45 Hybrid uses a high dynamic servo motor coupled to low inertia hydraulic pumps, that directly moves the hydraulic fluid in a closed loop to sweep the fin. This greatly simplifies the overall system and removes all the components that make the hydraulics inefficient.
This new technology is a major game charger for the marine industry. The F45 Hybrid – hydraulic/electric solution meets both the long-term energy efficiency requirements and the peak transient energy needs of the closed marine electrical system. The system will be available in June 2023.
This new technology is a major game charger for the marine industry. The F45 Hybrid – hydraulic/electric solution meets both the long-term energy efficiency requirements and the peak transient energy needs of the closed marine electrical system. Currently ahead of schedule with the prototype with more news to follow in early 2023.
After all, we master the movements below the waterline, so that you can master the movements above.