Auckland and Brisbane offices “MOVE” – In Auckland we “SHAKE” with EAL (Electrics Afloat Ltd.) now appointed as primary dealer (Marine)
WP Pacific has moved from our Westhaven showroom to wharehousing in Albany, however we still have a presence at 23B Westhaven Drive having shaken hands with EAL two doors down.
View equipment and discuss systems with Jasper Hannay, Jasper (EAL) our newly appointed product champion is eager to spread the word on our “New School” systems and promote the “One stop shop” approach to on-board power needs.
Our Brisbane office is also on the move, right to the centre of the “Gold Coast Marine Precinct”. Jason Rendle (General Manager Australia) facilitated this and is powering ahead in both Marine and Mobile markets. More on Australia soon.
METS 2018: a lot of wow moments
After a few weeks of intensive activity and positive excitement, we are back in our daily rhythm. This had everything to do with METS 2018, the largest exhibition in the world in the field of maritime products for the maritime sector. More than 40 distributors visited our annual ‘Learning Days’ in our company building in Drachten, which were held prior to METS, where many new products and systems were shown thorough training on the ins and outs of technology.
An important part of our training program was an active workshop at Neptune Marine in Aalst, the producer of the well-known Elling Yachts, on the Monday for the METS. There, 20 of our international distributors were addressed by director Anton van den Bos, who highlighted the secret of the great Elling succes. The hulls of all yachts are made of fiberglass reinforced polyester – a special laminate with twaron that makes the vessel virtually unsinkable. An important advantage of these systems from WhisperPower is the fact that practically all functions, including the almost standardly installed stabilization (‘anti-roll’) systems, can work without a generator. In the latest E4 a new Anti-Roll All-in-one is installed, a product from DMS Holland that will maximize the comfort at sea.
All Elling yachts are equipped with the New School systems from WhisperPower: the E6 with an extensive energy system with 14 kVA inverters as ‘main generator’, and the smaller E3 and E4 yachts with a 7 kVA variant. The workshop participants were surprised by the very professional installation, in which the Ion Power Plus batteries took a prominent place. All Elling yachts can be connected to the land voltage worldwide without any restriction in voltage and frequency.
METS exhibition days
The large attendance of companies and people who visited our stand proves the A status of the WhisperPower brand. A historical moment the celebration of our 10th Anniversary, which we could celebrate with very many at the end of the first METS day. Accompanied by a lot of champagne of course!
This year our motto ‘100% Comfort, 0% Emission’ was clearly visible on the billboards of our demonstration verhicle and on the stand. An unique proposition that we, as the only company in the industry, can offer to our customers from a single brand supply, as one entire system. Important part of these systems is integration of the backup generator, the power electronics and the batteries to the central monitoring and the glass bridge with connectivity to Garmin, Raymarine and Simrad. Main read-out and control functions:
- Shore power connection information
- Genset on/off auto settings
- WhisperPower Genverter or SQ 1500 status information
- Operation information on the genset device(s) including operating hours
- Battery status and smart Ah couting, time-remaining
- Battery charger, inverter/charger status and read-out control and command
- Monitoring AC- and DC-loads
- Control of the shore power with current limitation
WhisperPower’s added value
During the METS fair this year it became clear that more and more series yacht builders are looking for a supplier that can supply all the main electrical components including integration from one brand. They ended up with the conclusion that WhisperPower offers the best solution. Many customers were also looking for a decent compact, high-quality, smart generator solution for the 230 V 50 Hz (120 V 60 Hz) on board power provision, which was found in the new Piccolo program from WhisperPower. With convincing live demonstrations in the demonstration vehicle for customers that wanted to hear the gensets running. The increasingly extensive Orange range with inverters, battery chargers, Combi’s and Solarkits attracted many volume boat builders as an optimal solution for smaller energy systems.
Introducing our new “General Manager Australia” Jason Rendle has an excellent electrical and management background within our industry. Jason was previously with Riviera and Volvo, very active throughout the east coast, he now sets sights on the whole continent of Australia.
With support from the Auckland systems house we will soon establish an engineering and service resource at the Gold Coast Office (previously sales).
Jason and I will be at the Sydney show in 2 weeks, we have already begun to implement our exciting plan. We will really drive home the brand as a force to be reckoned with in this, our 2nd year of market establishment and brand building.
We proudly announce the newest edition of our WP Magazine.
In this edition we update you about the Supreme Pro high tech battery charger, the latest marine innovations and our 10 year anniversary! We are proud that we’ve come so far in the last 10 years, given the global economic downturn. Getting ‘up and running’ took longer than planned and a lot of work had to be done to differentiate our product range. Given the growth we have gone on the experience since 2015, crowned with 50% growth this year in comparison to 2017, we are pleased to say it has worked out just right.
Introducing “Empire Vehicles” our new dealer in Sydney AU. At Empire Ray and his team produce beautiful mobile systems like the cafeteria truck pictured. This is a 10KW food truck system, there is also a larger truck in progress for AAFCANS with a 15KW. Ray is currently installing our new Scalino SS Outdoor 4KW in another application. The team at Empire are very keen on top end finish for their projects and pleased to have formed a strong relationship with WP Pacific. This gives full access to our world leading systems, we are pleased to have such a technically strong team (Mobile and Marine) as our new dealer in NSW Australia.
Sleek, efficient power systems. Future proffed, minimally fuelled and prepared for E-Propulsion.
Fitted with WhisperPower equipment from the shore connection to the Genverter tailpipe, they can receive any RAW messy shore power from 90-265 VAC and find WhisperPower agents worldwide.
Currently motoring Auckland to Thailand diesel efficiently is key, a sleek easily pushed hull form with a minimalist diesle inboard. Combina a highly efficient variable speed lithium DC charge system and avoid fuel stops. Every drop of diesel goed somewhere, not in the ocean or unburned into the air, always running on perfect fuel point. Add highly efficient household 230 VAC appliances, solar and across oceans without digging a big hole in the environment or the bank balance.
Future shock – fossil fuel eliminated by 2030
The Swedish owners of this Dickey LRC58 realised the diesel propulsion installed now in NZ, would eventually have to go once back in Sweden. This is real! They have a deadline for zero fossil fuel.
Shocking but true? Yes! E-Propulsion is not yeat ready for offshore due to current storage energy density technology, however with a large lithium storage bank efficiently suppling house system at 50 VDC in preparation for E-Propulsion any improvements will slot in easily, whoever said bigger is better? We await stoarage systems with 20x the energy density of lead acid currently lithium is approx. 4x.
Expensive? Yes! Justified yes, good storage is already necessary for a modern boats house system, now typically Inverter based so the higher the voltage the better. 48-50 VDC was an unusual choice until now, lithium and propulsions options provide and require this as a minimum. Efficiency is the key, plug and play modular power systems with sophisticated energy control and monitoring. Controlled and displayed alongside all the other ships utilities and functions. SOlid well commissioned systems supported by back to base component/module replacement nog tinkering in boxes at sea.
Do we have a future? Hopefully yes!
Where tradition and the newest hybrid technology are coming together. Our Greek distributor Nautilus Ltd has recelty supplied a complete hybrid power system, what will be installed in this traditional build wooden boat. The system contains a M-GV3 Genverter, with DC and AC PowerCubes, and a Li-ION battery pack for optimum comfort and unlimited power on board.
‘Power system from one single brand was for us real benefit, because that means one supplier as a partner who takes responsibility for the complete power 230V and 12/24DC system and assure a proper and balanced system’, according to the project manager of the yard.
Our very own Independence has a Piccolo 8 installed! This is one of the many installations we will do the upcoming year. This Piccolo is the silentst in his kind, has a 8 kVA continuous 230V power for a programmable speed generator system and an outstanding voltage stability.
Find all the information about this silent and compact generator here.