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VACON® NXP Grid Converter

An alternative source of marine power technology to power ships in ports

June 2019
Gallery VACON® NXP Grid Converter 1
Gallery VACON® NXP Grid Converter 1


VACON® NXP Grid Converter enables ships in port to use an alternative source of power: the local electrical grid.

By sourcing electrical power from the on-shore electricity grid via a set of cables, ships no longer have to rely on their auxiliary diesel engines to generate electrical power for communications, lighting and other on-board equipment. The power grid frequency in most of the world (except the Americas) is 50Hz while most seagoing ships have a 60Hz grid. VACON® NXP Grid Converter is essentially a shore power supply system that converts the 50Hz shore power to match the ship's 60Hz power system. Voltage and frequency are synchronized with the ship's electrical grid which allows for a smooth changeover.

Label Date June 6, 2019
From Denmark
Maturity stage Medium and large scale commercialization
Looking For New clients, visbility

The environmental benefits

  • Lower CO2, NOX, SOX and particulate matter emissions (ship's diesel generators are off).
  • An active front-end drive for low-harmonic technology makes the solution grid-friendly.

The Financial benefits

  • Savings of up to 410 kilotons of diesel/year if 60% of seagoing ships in European harbors used the solution.

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Danfoss A/S

Danfoss engineers technologies that empower the world of tomorrow to build a better future.

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Headquarters 6430 Nordborg, Denmark

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