Oceanvolt was missing a 48V/12V converter charger – Powernet modifies a standard unit for electric & hybrid boats for Marine environment

Powernet supplies Oceanvolt with missing link for electric & hybrid boats

Oceanvolt, a pioneer in hybrid & electric powered sailing boats needed a charger to convert 48VDC to 12 VDC. Powernet modified a standard DDC4370 unit to comply with the application specific needs and environmental conditions.

Oceanvolt’s system is based on a 48V battery bank, but in sailing boats also a 12V or 24V voltage is needed to supply power to instruments for navigation, communication systems, lights etc. Representatives for Oceanvolt and Powernet first met and started discussing a solution at the Vene-Båt exhibition in Helsinki.

Harry Lilja, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Powernet Oy comments “We are both glad and proud to be able to help and co-operate with Oceanvolt in such an exciting, modern and ecological application as electric and hybrid powered sailboats. We are looking forward to a long term, mutually successful co-operation out on the seven seas!

The DCDC4370-based unit modified for Oceanvolt features a pre-programmed starting delay as well as a custom-made charging algorithm. To protect the unit from tough environmental conditions out on the seas, the PCB has been coated with a protective coating material.

Powernet has proven to be a flexible and committed partner. After we agreed on the initial idea a prototype was delivered for testing and we could lock the specification for the final product in a pragmatic way. We were just able to implement the first chargers in time for the Vendee Globe 2016/2017 and the first units have already successfully travelled around the globe in extreme conditions.” says Anna Hietanen, Marketing Manager at Oceanvolt.

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