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RH Marine introduces hybrid refit packages for yachts

Dutch leading maritime system integrator of electrical and automation systems RH Marine has introduced pre-composed hybrid packages to convert conventional superyachts power systems to battery powered hybrid solutions. Hybrid power solutions allow for reduced operational costs and increased comfort at sea.

Hybrid is the new standard

With almost any new-build yacht considering a hybrid power system, more and more owners of existing superyachts desire the benefits in operational costs and comfort too. RH Marine developed three pre-engineered packages that can be installed onboard an existing yacht during a refit. The three packages vary in size and energy storage from 250 kWh up to 750 kWh, so there’s a package to fit every yachts requirements.

Adding batteries as an extra power source allows the generators to run on an optimal load, increases comfort by having power and being able to manoeuvre without running the engines. For instance when entering a harbour or diving in emission control area’s (ECAs). The hybrid solution also guarantees a reliable shore supply, solving the problem of blackouts in harbours and allowing complete silence on board during anchoring while the hotel load runs on batteries and engines can be switched off.

RH Marine: The expert in marine hybrid technology

RH Marine’s award-winning Rhodium Energy Management System (EMS), using a self-learning artificial intelligence algorithm, automatically distributes the power demand over the available diesel generators and batteries. The system controls all energy sources to operate on their most optimal point, thus ensuring optimal operation given an (operational) goal. The Rhodium hybrid solution already runs on multiple including a prizewinning 80+ meter superyacht.

Deployed in the unpredictable sailing profile of a yacht, it has proved 11% fuel savings and 32% reduction of generator running hours, thus reducing engine maintenance costs with 50%!

“With RH Marine’s hybrid power system you can enter any harbour or anchor at sea everywhere on electric mode without smoke or noise and more comfortably. Our clients in all industries realise that hybrid is the future. Hybrid already has its position in the leisure market, and it is there to stay,” says product manager hybrid portfolio Despoina Mitropoulou of RH Marine.