New Industry Products

# ABB’s Clean Static Frequency Converter to Make Superyachts and Supertankers Greener

March 03, 2022 by Gary Elinoff

## The SureWave static frequency converter (SFC) allows docked vessels to shut down their diesel engines, significantly reducing their CO2 emissions while in port.

Even when they are securely berthed in port, ocean-going vessels still require large amounts of power to run onboard systems, from lighting to communications. In the past, ships frequently sourced this power from diesel-guzzling generators onboard, which emit large quantities of carbon dioxide. But, spurred by the intensifying impacts of climate change, port authorities have begun to levy harsh penalties for excessive pollution.

Here, ABB’s newly announced SureWave SFC enters the fray. The converter, which is 50% smaller than previous models and can be installed both on and offboard, allows vessels in port to seamlessly switch from their shipside diesel to the cleaner electrical power available onshore.

##### ABB'S SureWave SFC. Image used courtesy of ABB

What’s more, the converter can be paralleled or connected to entirely clean sources of power, such as wind and solar farms, and its scalable design allows it to function in a range of settings, from small port installations to massive superyachts and tankers.

### The Environmental Toll of Shipping by Sea

Each year, maritime shipping produces roughly 2.9% of global CO2 emissions, according to data from the International Maritime Organization (IMO). In 2018, the latest year for which the IMO has compiled data, that percentage equated to 1.56 million tons.

### Specifications

• AC Voltage: 380 to 480
• Efficiency: 96% at 100% load (typical)
• Total harmonic distortion of the current waveform (THDi) at the input terminals: <3% at rated load
• Total harmonic distortion of the voltage waveform (THDv) at the output terminals: < 2.5% (linear load)