Hybrid system for superyacht

By Mike Brezonick15 July 2021

BAE Systems announced it 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.

Southern Wind Superyacht BAE Systems will supply its hybrid power and propulsion system for boatbuilder Southern Wind’s new high-performance superyacht.

BAE Systems will supply and integrate its next-generation HybriGen Power and Propulsion system on the SW96 Nyumba, which the company said is the first marine vessel to benefit from its newest propulsion technology.

The HybriGen Power and Propulsion system will include a 200 kW electric motor, two variable-speed generators, a lithium-ion energy storage system with a 66 kWh capacity, and vessel auxiliary power with shore power charging. The system in intended to emissions and fuel consumption on the superyacht, which is designed for both long-range cruising and regatta racing.

BAE Systems said it will also integrate a HydroGeneration mode on the SW96 Nyumba, enabling the propeller and electric motor to act as a generator when the vessel is sailing.

“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 & 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 emissions benefit of our HydroGeneration mode.”

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