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Volvo Penta and Danfoss join forces for electrification

Maritime suppliers Volvo Penta and Danfoss Editron have signed a partnership agreement. Together, they want to “take the development of electromobility in shipping to the next level”,[ds_preview].

As part of the partnership, the two companies want to “take the next steps in sustainable energy solutions”. For the propulsion specialist Volvo Penta, the partnership is a measure to drive forward the “Science Based Targets” initiative announced by the entire Group in May 2020. This is about adapting and securing the future in line with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. For Danfoss, the project is part of the plan to becomeCO2-neutral in all its global operations by 2030.

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Volvo Penta

According to a statement on the partnership, the aim is to work on optimizing the company’s own offerings. By collaborating on research and development activities, the aim is to quickly offer reliable and efficient electrification packages for a broader part of the commercial shipping market. The approach includes design, installation, commissioning and after-sales service.

Kimmo Rauma, Vice President of Danfoss’ Editron division, said: “Ultimately, we want to find an ideal solution for the market. The marine sector urgently needs zero-emission solutions that offer maneuverability, precision and comfort and are able to operate in robust commercial marine environments. Together, the two companies have the combination of capabilities and technologies.” Danfoss’ Editron division focuses on supplying electrical systems for ferries, workboats and superyachts in the maritime business.

Not the first cooperation

This is not the first time that Danfoss Editron and Volvo Penta have worked together. For example, they collaborated on one of the first crew transfer vessels with hybrid propulsion in the UK and on autonomous exploration units for the marine robotics company Ocean Infinity.

Peter Granqvist, Chief Technology Officer, Volvo Penta, said: “This partnership makes us a true systems integrator. Our two companies are strong players in their respective fields. Volvo Penta has an integrated approach from controls to propulsion, combined with a strong service network. By adding Danfoss’ expertise and strength in electrification, we will deliver a unique offering in the market.” This agreement will set a “new industry standard for electric propulsion solutions in the marine industry”.

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