Boat equipment: Torqeedo acquires Moonwave and enters the hybrid drive sector

Two of the most innovative companies in electric and hybrid drives on the water are joining forces. As a result, Torqeedo will be entering the hybrid drive sector for yachts between 40 and 70 feet.

Announcing the acquisition of Moonwave Systems GmbH, Torqeedo is expanding its product portfolio by entering the electric hybrid drive sector for yachts. The acquisition has been formally announced at the Düsseldorf boat show on Saturday January the 18th. The products resulting from the alliance of these two clean-technology companies will initially be aimed at yacht manufacturers. Existing yachts can also be retrofitted with the new hybrid systems.
Green energy fully integrated

The newly developed hybrid systems will not only provide hybrid electric propulsion, but will also power all AC and DC house loads including air conditioning and large, home-style appliances. Green energy from regeneration and solar panels will be fully integrated into the vessel’s energy management system. Yachts equipped with the new hybrid drive system can travel silently, offer joystick docking and take advantage of noiseless, environmentally friendly energy sources while at anchor. The hybrid drive system integrates components from Torqeedo’s Deep Blue product line – winner of multiple international innovation awards – and from Moonwave Systems.

Most advanced hybrid drive concept

“This is a really significant step for marine hybrid systems,” says Dr. Christoph Ballin, CEO of Torqeedo GmbH. “Combining Moonwave’s state-of-the-art system developments with our high-tech propulsion systems, we can provide a fully integrated solution for propulsion and energy management. All components have been designed to work together and have been tested in a complete system-setup. For complex hybrid systems, this is extremely important.” Stephan Schambach, Managing Director of Moonwave Systems GmbH, on the merger with the market leader in electric propulsion says: “We founded Moonwave Systems to offer the most advanced hybrid drive concept for yachts on the market. In recent months, we recognized that the best way of accomplishing that is through working with Torqeedo. We’re delighted to be realizing our concept and bringing it to market together with the team from Torqeedo.”

About Moonwave Systems GmbH

Founded in 2012 and based in Jena, Germany Moonwave Systems develops the latest drive and power supply concepts for yachts. These result in more luxury on board, more environmental friendliness, more simplicity and more independence. The focus of Moonwave’s research and development activities is intelligent integration and control of a range of renewable energy technologies. Moonwave Systems are developed for a variety of vessels, with particular focus on sailing catamarans from 40-70 feet.

About Torqeedo GmbH

The young company founded in Starnberg in 2005 is now No. 1 in marine electric propulsion. The company implements uncompromising high-tech approach to developing superior and compelling products (integrated lithium batteries, ultralight designs, innovative electronics, etc.) Best overall efficiency on the market – unique performance and range are the hallmarks of all Torqeedo outboards.

Source and more information: moonwave-systems.com / torqeedo.com

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