There is no doubt that society as a whole has a part to play in improving the environment by reducing wherever possible pollution from any source. Within a marine environment, the main objectives are reducing the contamination of the air and water.
Addressing these challenges head on is the concept of hybrid drive for marine craft, the result of extensive development and investment by a number of parties, including Reich in the design and manufacture of a new coupling variant.
The electric drive is at the heart of this environmentally friendly system, running totally emission-free and generating no noise at all. The hybrid solution supports both pneumatic and hydraulic coupling systems, with an integrated electric motor serving as a generator for the batteries.
(This hybrid drive system offers high performance, whilst reducing both emissions and noise levels)
As is typical of a hybrid system, the electric motor is combined with a conventional diesel engine to charge the batteries. The special feature of the hybrid drive is the so-called booster. This function allows for higher propulsion power thanks to the simultaneous use of the diesel engine and electric drive.
Reich’s TOK 176.1 HN coupling decouples the vibrations of the diesel engine from the remainder of the system and dampens potentially harmful shocks enabling the entire system to run more smoothly. The integration of the Reich coupling within the hybrid drive adds to the overall comfort of pleasure boats and yachts in particular.
Although installed within a marine environment in this case, the overall versatility and high performance from the hybrid drive, together with the benefits of reduced emissions and low noise levels, means that there are potentially multiple areas of application for this solution.
(Reich’s new TOK 176.1 HN coupling plays a key role in this hybrid drive system)
With a history spanning over 70 years, REICH has built up unrivalled expertise in the design and manufacture of drive couplings for use across a wide range of industries and applications. The company has earned an enviable reputation not only for the quality and performance of their product range, but also for their ability to provide application and customer specific solutions through the company’s D2C (Design to Customer) philosophy.
For more information please contact:
Mr David Proud
Reich Drive Systems UK Limited
Unit 4, Bankside Business Park
Telephone +44(0) 161 714 4191
Website – www.reich-uk.com