Bellmarine electric drive system installed on Elton Moss barge
Fischer Panda UK has supplied a Bellmarine electric drive system for Elton Moss Boatbuilders’ new Kingsley barge.
The customised 70ft by 12ft widebeam barge, which is installed with a complete propulsion and power system from Fischer Panda, will be available to view for the first time at this year’s Crick Boat Show.
The Bellmarine DriveMaster Ultimate 20kW system is supported by a Fischer Panda PMS AGT 13000 48v DC generator and, says Fischer Panda’s Chris Fower, reflects the increasing interest in alternatives to traditional petrol or diesel drive systems.
Exact temperature management
“These silent, environmentally friendly hybrid systems allow extremely low-cost cruising and are service free,” he said. “They are now incredibly reliable and efficient following recent advances in technology, with prices becoming very competitive as demand increases.”
The new liquid-cooled range of DriveMaster Ultimate systems allows for exact temperature management and improved efficiency.
All models include a motor with integrated thrust bearing, mounting frames and smart controller for compact installations, less noise and vibrations and higher efficiency.
The AGT DC generator works in conjunction with electric propulsion drives to extend their cruising range.
The charge output from the generator is directly controlled by the engine speed, leading to high efficiency.
Auto start is built-in as standard which enables the battery condition to control when and for how long the generator runs, ensuring the engine is always correctly loaded.
The combined system is similar to the recent Fischer Panda installation onboard Elton Moss’s eco-boat Tulak.
“We have the capability to develop the right system for virtually any craft from basic low-cost power drives charged via shore power only, through to full hybrid systems linked to our compact and efficient generators that can quickly recharge the batteries quieter and faster than any other generator of comparable size and weight,” added Chris.
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