DNV approved Optidrives on show at Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition

Invertek Drives’ Icelandic sales partner, Ismar Ehr, will be demonstrating the energy saving opportunities available with Optidrive variable frequency drives (VFDs) in the marine industry on stand C32 at the Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition in Kópavogur next month.

Approved by the World’s largest ship and offshore classification society, DNV GL, Optidrive VFDs can cut the energy consumption of a variety of equipment found on marine vessels by as much as 60% - helping ship owners to meet CO2 reduction targets and reduce operating costs.

The high-performance motor control capability offered by Optidrive P2 and Optidrive HVAC can be retrofitted in a number of different maritime applications including the control of cranes, bow thrusters, winches, compressors, ventilation fan and pumps.

According to the latest Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2014 report, ‘the total number of fishing vessels in the world was estimated to be about 4.72 million in 2012.’

The FAO report states ‘never before have people consumed so much fish or depended so greatly on the sector for their well-being…..However, we need to look beyond the economics and ensure that environmental well-being is compatible with human well-being in order to make long-term sustainable prosperity a reality for all.’

“This increasing demand, coupled with the global realisation of the need to reduce energy consumption, means more and more fishing vessels are installing variable speed drives to control motors used in a number of on board applications.” says Invertek Drives Sales and Marketing Director, Rhydian Welson.

Amendments to the MARPOL Convention came into force from 1st January 2013, making international shipping the first industrial sector to have a binding global regime in place to reduce its CO2 emissions. As a result of this, Invertek Drives has experienced a significant growth in global demand from the marine sector where the company’s innovative AC drives have been proven to save energy and cut CO2 emissions.

Rhydian continues, “The Marine sector is a huge global market that offers significant potential for Invertek.  The Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition provides an excellent opportunity for face to face discussions on how our products can significantly reduce energy consumption and therefore CO2 emissions.”

Find out more and download Invertek’s dedicated marine brochure by visiting our marine section.