Experiencing Fischer Panda Hybrid Drive Systems
On 29 May 2014 the Germany-based Fischer Panda GmbH invited interested skippers, customers, dealers and representatives of the trade press to their "2nd Hybrid Drive Systems" event in the Dutch town of Heerenveen.
The well-known manufacturer of generators and mobile power systems, who has manufactured electric drives for over 12 years, gave all participants the opportunity to test drives and experience these systems in the harbour.
As in 2013, Fischer Panda GmbH brought various boats, each featuring a different
drive system, to Heerenveen which were available for testing.
The boats in detail:
Fischer Panda Sloop fitted with a rotatable 10 kW POD motor ("Aziprop motor") featuring Kort nozzle and a 10 kW /48 V generator. The sloop is currently the test boat for Fischer Panda’s 48 V systems.
4-meter California Skiff boat with a 48V, 200 Ah Li-Ion battery bank and driven by a 48V / 10 kW Aziprop motor with tractor propeller. The low weight of the boat in relation to the thrust of the drive enables a high speed and planing of the boat.
5-meter California Skiff boat fitted with a 48V / 10 kW Aziprop drive and Kort nozzle, Easybox and an AGM battery bank (140 Ah).
Shakespeare sports boat with a 48 V / 10 kW Aziprop drive. Its speed is 21 km per hour. It is equipped with 4 AGM batteries (60 Ah).
Former waterski boat fitted with a very powerful 20 kW shaft motor and a small 6kW / 288V generator which acts as a range extender and ensures that the boat can return to the harbour even when the batteries are empty. It is equipped with 8 AGM batteries (100 Ah).
12t Broom 37 - The "flagship" of the Fischer Panda fleet was the “Solagüen” motor yacht - a Broom 37 with a weight of 12 tons. This yacht is fitted with two 30 kW Fischer Panda shaft motors. These are supplied from a 288V battery bank with a capacity of 110 Ah. The yacht has a 36 kW / 288V generator and a 13 kW / 288V generator (both generators work as drive generators and can supply the motors, charge the batteries or both and also ensure onboard power supply). Additionally, the “Solagüen” has a third generator with 10 kW / 230V dedicated for its onboard power supply. The Broom 37 almost provides all the possibilities of the new 288V Hybrid Drive System.
With 20 kW (of 60 kW installed capacity) the Broom 37 reaches a speed of about 12.5 km/h. At full power (60 kW) the boat reaches about 15.5 km/h. That means that three times the power is needed for an increase of 3 km/h from 80% to 100% hull speed, or from a different perspective: 30% of the power is sufficient to achieve 80% of the hull speed
And last but not least, the Antares which is a comfortable house and travel boat and well suited for trips on the Dutch channels. This boat is equipped with a conventional 45 kW drive engine and has a Fischer Panda generator on board which ensures the power supply.
"Our guests can convince themselves of the perfect combination of power and tranquillity and they experience the highly dynamic driving properties of the electric motor onboard our boats," said Martin Mews, Head of the Department Diesel-Electric Drive Systems, "The combination of theory and practice at first hand is perfect."
The new Easybox system has found particular approval: This is a "plug & play" system where the two components control and engine can be easily connected. Its installation is very easy. All important electrical connections are preinstalled at the motor controller when it is supplied. The price-performance-ratio is very good.
The new hybrid drive system from Fischer Panda is the third generation of diesel-electric drive systems with a fully integrated power system on board. The heart of this system is the new Fischer Panda C3 cockpit that enables the skipper to monitor everything and to control the power consumption on board.
The motor control unit also includes an integrated battery charger / inverter for the power supply on board - an additional battery / inverter device is no longer required. The control and converter unit for all typical voltages from 24V DC to 600V DC can be delivered. The performance of this system allows for savings of up to 20 %. By supplying alternating current (AC) from the battery bank, the generator or even both and in some cases two generators the system increases the safety of the boat and its crew significantly. The unit has been designed in such a way that it can be used for the installation of all systems thus reducing the cost factor.
Command, Control and Communication are the key elements of the new C3 cockpit. All components are connected via a bus system, so that they communicate with each other by sending and receiving signals for further processing. The status, parameters and values of all connected components such as the drive system, control panels, the generator, on-board devices and the batteries are displayed so that the captain has full control. The skipper has full command - he can change parameters and switch devices.
The active battery and alternator management system is integrated. The transmitted data of the components that are connected to the bus system can be accessed and displayed. Remote communication, maintenance and updates are available via a GSM or Ethernet. The system is NMEA 2000 and CAN-bus-compatible. Diagnostic data can be stored on SD cards.
The Fischer Panda C3 cockpit has been designed as a modular system and can be installed as a standard power system (even without a drive system). All data that are relevant for energy, power and propulsion systems are analysed.
10 Good Reasons for Whisperprop by Fischer Panda
Premium Drive Systems
1. Complete - ONE-STOP supply
2. Quiet - quiet operation and perfect manoeuvrability
3. Lifestyle - and passion thanks to state-of-the-art architecture
4. High quality - for high safety demands by redundancy
5. Communication - always up-to-date by WiFi and GSM
6. Professional support - commissioning and in-house-training
7. 48V Hybrid drive – 10kW for house boats and small yachts up to 10 t
8. 288V Hybrid drive - up to 50kW with Aziprop and shaft systems 9. Parallel hybrid – THE innovative solution for superyachts
10. Enjoy quiet cruising
The boats are now taken to their summer locations (popular German resorts at the Steinhuder Meer and Edersee). Interested skippers can arrange an appointment to test drive the boats and experience Electrical Cruising with a Fischer Panda Drive System. For further information, please contact www.fischerpanda.de.
Fischer Panda GmbH is based in Paderborn/Germany and is a manufacturer of diesel generators, hybrid and drive systems for mobile, naval and vehicle applications. The generators are well-known for their compact design and the extremely low sound levels while operating. The Fischer Panda team covers world-wide more than 400 technicians and salesmen in over 70 countries.
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