BAE Systems to provide next-gen power and propulsion system for Southern Wind superyacht

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BAE Systems has been selected by luxury sailing yacht builder Southern Wind to provide the electric-hybrid power and propulsion system for a new high-performance superyacht. BAE Systems will supply and integrate its next-generation system on the SW96 Nyumba, the first marine vessel to benefit from the company’s newest propulsion technology.

The superyacht, which is designed for long-range cruising and regatta racing, will be fitted with BAE’s HybriGen Power and Propulsion system. The same technology is designed to also be applicable for Southern Wind’s newly launched project, the SW108 Hybrid.

The HybriGen Power and Propulsion system will include an electric motor, two variable-speed generators, a lithium-ion energy storage system and vessel auxiliary power with shore power charging. The system features fewer, lighter, more compact components with increased electrical efficiency and the highest power density. The modular and scalable design results in a flexible system tailored to each vessel’s specific power and propulsion requirements for a fully integrated solution.

BAE Systems will also integrate a HydroGeneration mode on the SW96 Nyumba, which will see the propeller and motor acting as a generator when the vessel is sailing. HydroGeneration mode will provide vessel auxiliary power and also recharge the energy storage for a longer zero-emission experience.

“BAE Systems’ next-generation technology represents a significant investment in our electric power and propulsion applications for the marine market,” said Steve Trichka, vice president and general manager of power and propulsion solutions at BAE Systems. “This electric propulsion technology will ensure that the SW96 Nyumba operates with the highest levels of electrical efficiency to maximize the zero-emission benefit of our HydroGeneration mode.”

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Matt joined UKi Media & Events in 2014 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over 15 years and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he has been an editor since 2015, and began editing Tire Technology International in 2018. In 2020, he was appointed editor-in-chief of Tire and Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International. He is also the chairman of the Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation & Excellence, and the Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International Awards.

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