For Danfoss, green energy is energy never used
To help the world in its journey towards decarbonisation, the engineering technology group Danfoss provides power converters for electrification applications with focus on marine and offshore, Power-to-X, energy storage, and fast charging.
“By switching traditional hydraulic applications to electric motors that use our power converters, we can reduce emissions by more than 50 percent. This applies to marine cranes, for example”, says Shekhar Kubal, Global Head of Marine and Electrification.
As the energy crisis intensifies, the need for energy efficiency becomes more and more prominent as well.
“At Danfoss, we say that green energy is the energy we do not use. While we need solutions like electric vehicles and fast charging to combat climate change, we also need ways to intelligently control the generation and use of electricity.”
In addition to power conversion products and solutions, Danfoss is known for its AC drives. As one of the world’s leading suppliers, the company has delivered over 32 million drives worldwide. By controlling the speed of electrical motors, AC drives reduce energy usage and enhance process control.
In Finland, Danfoss has a high-power competence centre and a factory in Vaasa. There, the company’s new generation drive technology is designed and manufactured. The technology is used by multiple local companies, such as Wasaline – Danfoss’ drives are utilised almost everywhere in the shipping company’s new ship, Aurora Botnia.
“Danfoss Drives products are used to convert power from the batteries to the vessel’s electrical grid and vice versa, to control the electric motors and propellers as well as to adjust ventilation, cooling, and pumping. These solutions not only make the ship highly energy efficient and low-emission, but they also bring operational reliability”, explains Kubal.
In 2022, Danfoss’ Vaasa factory opened a new production line and started manufacturing high-power AC drives, creating about 30 new jobs.
“Thanks to this investment, we can meet the needs of the whole European market when it comes to high-power drives.”