Innovating yachting: peak shaving energy systems for sustainable navigation

Written by Eekels

Written by Eekels

In the world of luxury yachting, where elegance meets innovation, a quiet revolution is happening. As the world shifts towards sustainability, yacht owners and operators are looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact without sacrificing comfort or performance. Enter the peak shaving energy system, a groundbreaking technology in the marine industry that promises efficiency, lower emissions, and improved convenience, brought to you by Marpower, the leading provider of maritime energy solutions.

Traditionally, yachts have relied on large generators to meet their power demands, especially during peak periods when the hotel load spikes or the sails are hoisted. These generators, while essential, often operate below their optimal efficiency levels, leading to increased fuel consumption, frequent start-stop cycles, and higher maintenance requirements. Moreover, the emissions produced by these generators pose significant environmental concerns, particularly in pristine marine ecosystems.

The peak shaving energy system engineered by Marpower presents a compelling solution to these challenges. Comprising two compact units – a bidirectional converter and a battery – this system seamlessly integrates with the yacht’s existing infrastructure, optimizing power distribution and utilization. Here’s how it works:

Peak Shaving Functionality: During periods of high demand, the energy system kicks into action, supplementing power from the battery system. By harnessing energy from the battery, it effectively “shaves off” peaks in electricity consumption, ensuring a smoother and more efficient operation. This not only reduces strain on the generator but also minimizes fuel consumption and emissions, all made possible by Marpower’s cutting-edge technology

Optimized Generator Performance: With the peak shaving energy system in place, the main generator operates closer to its optimal working point, maximizing fuel efficiency and prolonging its lifespan. By avoiding frequent start-stop cycles, wear and tear are minimized, resulting in lower maintenance costs and enhanced reliability. When you are in a refit it is possible to install smaller or less generators because you don’t have to take the power peaks into account.

Environmental Benefits: One of the most significant advantages of this system is its environmental impact. By reducing reliance on the main generator and optimizing its performance, emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants are substantially decreased. This is particularly crucial for yachts navigating through ecologically sensitive areas, where even small reductions in emissions can make a significant difference.

Efficiency and Convenience: The peak shaving energy system boasts high efficiency and user-friendly operation. Equipped with automated controls and monitoring mechanisms, it seamlessly adapts to varying power demands, ensuring a hassle-free experience for yacht owners and crew alike. Moreover, its compact design allows for easy installation and integration, with minimal disruption to onboard activities, all backed by Marpower’s dedication to user-centric design and functionality.
Operating the generators closer to their optimal working point significantly extends the period between major maintenance, translating to less downtime and hassle onboard.

Cost Savings: Beyond its environmental and operational benefits, the peak shaving energy system offers substantial cost savings over the long term. By reducing fuel consumption, maintenance expenses, and downtime associated with generator malfunctions, it represents a sound investment for yacht owners looking to optimize their vessel’s performance while minimizing operating costs. Marpower can help you to calculate the Return On Investment of this system and advice you to choose the peakshaving energy system with the right power and capacity.

In conclusion, the adoption of peak shaving energy systems marks a significant step forward in the quest for sustainable yachting. By harnessing cutting-edge technology to optimize power generation and consumption, these systems not only enhance operational efficiency but also contribute to a cleaner and greener maritime environment. As more yachts embrace this innovative solution, the future of luxury cruising looks brighter than ever, with sustainability at its core.


Marpower is a specialist in developing and delivering customer-specific solutions for electrical-engineering needs on ships and mega-yachts. We can deal with all challenges in the fields of voltage conversion, drive technology or automation. We think and design together with you and offer alternatives. We are your partner in technical solutions.
Marpower is a registred trademark of Eekels, which has been operating for over 100 years in the Marine and Offshore, Infrastructure and Industry sectors. A time-honoured tradition in a young team. A new team within a robust, stable company. We put our customers first, we love technology, we value reliability, we operate independently, and we do business responsibly towards our surroundings, human as well as environmental. We always choose the best possible solution and we know how the international market works.


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