Deep Blue Hybrid

For yachts up to 120 feet, powerful motorboats, commercial vessels and ferries

Deep Blue is a fully integrated propulsion and energy management system, industrially engineered and customizable with modular components. The result is exceptional performance, compliance with international safety standards, and highly intuitive operability

Luxury meets sustainability: the Deep Blue Hybrid is the first fully integrated system on the market that combines a hybrid drive system with the entire on-board energy management.
Luxury meets sustainability: the Deep Blue Hybrid is the first fully integrated system on the market that combines a hybrid boat drive system with the entire on-board energy management system.
  • Relaxation: no noise from the motor and only a little noise from the generator
  • Environmental protection: use renewable forms of energy
  • Independence: adequate energy on board, less need to head for a marina
  • Convenience: simple joystick docking
  • Simplicity: only one type of fuel – and less of it required
System overview of the hybrid drive system
High-voltage DC power system (360 V DC)
DC on-board power system (12 V / 24 V DC)
AC power system (120 / 240 V)
Data connections (CAN, Ethernet)
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System overview of the hybrid drive system
High-voltage DC network (360 V DC)
DC on-board power system (12 V / 24 V DC)
AC power system
Data connections (CAN, Ethernet)
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System Components

  • Batteries

    High-Capacity Lithium Battery Technology

    Cutting edge battery technology is the key to e-mobility solutions which are at the same time safe, reliable and performant. Cooperation between BMW i and Torqeedo has made the very latest in automotive battery engineering available for boats. The new battery technology introduced in the BMW i3 is available for all DEEP BLUE systems.


    The benefits for customers:

    • • Greater energy density

    • • Lower costs

    • • Highest standards of safety


    Dimensions and preliminary specifications

    i3-type i8-type
    Nominal voltage 360 V 355 V
    Max. continuous performance 55 kW 25 kW
    Capacity 40.0 kWh 10.0 kWh
    Weight 278 kg 97 kg
    Dimensions 1660 x 964 x 174 mm 1460 x 305 (240) x 330 mm
    Torqeedo Batteries
    Torqeedo Batteries
    Torqeedo Batteries

  • Generators

    Torqeedo Generator
    Torqeedo Generator

    Economical auxiliary power


    Torqeedo’s HVDC converter generators supply DC power directly to the Deep Blue system without the inefficiencies that limit standard generators, providing long-range motoring and efficient backup power for serial hybrid systems. The converter generators eliminate the fixed ratio between rotational speed, power and voltage output.

    Integrated into the information, safety and energy management system of the Deep Blue Hybrid, the generators produce any combination of power and voltage as required, adopted to individual setttings.


    Ultralight

    Economical auxiliary power


    Torqeedo’s HVDC converter generators supply DC power directly to the Deep Blue system without the inefficiencies that limit standard generators, providing long-range motoring and efficient backup power for serial hybrid systems. The converter generators eliminate the fixed ratio between rotational speed, power and voltage output.

    Integrated into the information, safety and energy management system of the Deep Blue Hybrid, the generators produce any combination of power and voltage as required, adopted to individual setttings.


    Technical Data

    Deep Blue generator 25 kW Deep Blue generator 20 kW
    Continuous power 25 kW 20 kW
    Max. rpm of diesel engine 2,200 3,600
    Weight 480 kg 270 kg
    Dimensions 1107 x 748 x 704 mm 1000 x 600 x 619 mm
    Benefits Low noise, High efficiency, Less vibration Compact size, Light weight
    Torqeedo Generators
    Torqeedo Generators
    Torqeedo Generators

    Typical application areas

    Perfect for ...

    • • Torqeedo Deep Blue Hybrid drives with shaft power from 25 to 100 kW (equivalent to 40 – 160 HP)

    • • Sailing yachts, ferries, water taxis, etc., with hull lengths from 40 to 110 feet (12 – 33 m)


    Highly flexible thanks to four operating modes

    The Deep Blue Advanced Energy Management System offers four ways of conveniently operating the hybrid system automatically:

    ELECTRIC Generator off; completely electrical operation.
    CHARGE The generator recharges the batteries. As soon as the desired level of charge has been reached, the HYBRID mode starts automatically.
    HYBRID The generator starts automatically if the battery charge falls below the previously defined level.
    FLOAT Motoring with the generator operating, generating exactly the amount of power the motor is using, and maintaining the battery’s state of charge.

    Electrical drive power, on-board power and charging power of the highest standard

    The Advanced Hybrid Control System for the Torqeedo Deep Blue Hybrid system controls the generator to optimum effect (single or twin installations). It provides a reliable supply of electricity for 360V DC boat drive systems as well as all other 110/230V AC and 24V DC power supply systems on board:

    • Hybrid and charging power for the Torqeedo Deep Blue system

    • • AC on-board power supply for galley, air conditioning, water maker and other electrical consumers on board (hotel loads)

    • • Low-voltage DC power for lighting, radio, navigation, winches, etc.



    Display

    Always in control

    Deep Blue Hybrid offers intuitive operation presented on the multifunctional display, providing a complete overview of the entire system and access to all control functions.

    The software keeps an eye on everything and prevents errors like deep-discharging batteries. An easy-to-understand graphical user interface is available as either multihull or monohull and delivers complete, up-tothe- minute system visualisation.


    Torqeedo Hybrid Drive Displays
    Torqeedo Hybrid Drive Displays
    Torqeedo Hybrid Drive Displays


  • Controls

    Premium throttles

    We’ve come to expect an intuitive way to operate our technical devices. We expect detailed information, nicely displayed and clearly arranged. We expect that the objects we use are both beautiful and functional.

    This is what spurred us to create the new Torqeedo throttle family and improved user interface for Deep Blue.

    Our premium throttles offer the right solution for every application, whether for sailboats or on motorboats – ergonomic, strong and functional. All premium throttles come with Bluetooth built in for simple integration of Torqeedo’s TorqTrac smartphone app.

    Torqeedo Hybrid Drive Throttles
    Torqeedo Hybrid Drive Throttles
    Torqeedo Hybrid Drive Throttles


» Deep Blue System Components overview«


Hybrid Drive System and Integrated Energy Management

Hybrid drive system

Powerful and silent electric drive systems allow manoeuvring and sailing at hull speed.

High-performance batteries adapted from the automotive industry enable prolonged motor-cruising for up to 50+ nautical miles without use of a generator. Solar power generated on board and hydro-generated energy – the propeller rotates while boat is under sail – provide additional propulsion. Besides, the integrated generator provides sufficient energy to cover long distances, if required.

The slowly rotating electric drives allow precise maneuvering and in combination with joystick docking makes putting out to sea and berthing as easy as pie.

Integrated energy management

The integrated management system of Deep Blue Hybrid makes it possible to use available power in any way you wish – for the powerful high-voltage drive system, for the 24 V on-board power supply or to operate equipment with 230 V AC current. Deep Blue Hybrid is designed in such a way that energy is always available where it's needed.

The combination of energy generated from renewable sources and by the generator means that there is always sufficient power available. However, the generator does not need to run for as long.

Clean and safe electricity can be used for all equipment and so it is no longer necessary to have propane or petrol on board. A tender can also be run electrically and can be charged from the Deep Blue Hybrid on-board power system.

 

Torqeedo Energy Management

Torqeedo Energy Management

Torqeedo Hybrid Drive Displays

Professional Safety

Professional Safety

Particular attention should be paid to standards compliance and safety during the development of a hybrid drive system. During the years spent on developing the Deep Blue Hybrid system we followed safety concepts that, for example, are standard in the automotive industry – but which previously could not be found in powerful electric drive systems for boats.

In addition, electrical drive systems for boats pose special challenges that are not relevant for other industries. In this respect, it is not enough to just follow the standard of other industries for high-voltage boat drives. As we are used to setting new standards, we have done so with regard to safety. Below you will find a number of examples of the Deep Blue Hybrid's unique safety concept.

Isolation monitor: constantly monitors that the voltage from all 360 V components is completely isolated from the boat – not just for individual system components but for all of them. If damage is detected, e.g. to the cable insulation, the system will issue an alert. In the event of dangerous insulation failure, the system will be shut down.

All components are waterproof: Components that were not specifically developed for boats are not always waterproof. All the components of a high-power system on a boat must be waterproof to guarantee safe operation. That is why all of our components are waterproofed and, in some cases, are further protected with water sensors.

Automotive industry-level battery safety: The first lithium batteries for the marine industry with the advanced quality standards of the automotive sector are the result of Torqeedo's collaboration with established battery manufacturers. Integrating a battery into a drive system and the associated safety concept alone requires considerable effort that can only be achieved by working together with the battery manufacturer.

 

Battery venting: In the unlikely event that the redundant safety mechanisms of the battery fail, the battery cells can reduce their temperature and pressure via a pressure valve. While batteries are installed in electric cars in such a way that they can discharge battery gases directly onto the road, on electric boats the gases must be channelled safely off the vessel. We developed the first safe venting system for boats for the Deep Blue System.

Battery damping: All components on fast and seagoing boats are subject to constant high levels of shock that exceed shock levels on the road – in some cases over 12 g of acceleration force. The same holds true when trailering the boat. Since batteries and battery electronics are not designed for these constant impacts, they need their own damping system on boats (in addition to the damping mechanisms within the battery). Torqeedo is the only company in the world that provides this for maritime use.

Benefits for Boatbuilders

Customers are increasingly expecting environmentally friendly solutions for their drive system and power supply. This is coupled with the demand for quiet and reliable solutions. In the past there were no industrially produced systems available to meet these requirements.
Customers are increasingly expecting environmentally friendly solutions for the drive system and power supply. This is coupled with the demand for quiet and reliable solutions. In the past there were no industrially produced systems available to meet these requirements.

Custom-built solutions are often pursued in order to meet a user's requirements. These individual hybrid projects raise a number of difficulties:

  • High-end components do not exist for the custom project. High-tech safe lithium batteries, for example, require an intensive design-in process in close cooperation with the battery manufacturer's research and development department. However, reputable high-voltage battery manufacturers do not supply their batteries for custom solutions that they are not familiar with and that have not been coordinated with them in detail.
  • Creating an integrated hybrid system requires a comprehensive research and development project accompanied by many person-years in the field of development running to the tune of several million euros. These efforts are not undertaken for custom projects, leading to lower reliability and a lack of complex but important safety features (such as pilot lines).
  • The system integrator has the statutory duty to ensure that the hybrid system complies with all the relevant and mandatory standards such as the Machinery Directive and the EMC Directive. Custom hybrid systems do not generally meet these standards. Since a boatbuilder is responsible for ensuring that the entire boat complies with standards, the installation of custom-built hybrid systems constitutes a serious risk for boatbuilders.

Unlike custom-built hybrid systems, DEEP BLUE HYBRID addresses the requirements of environmentally aware customers, offering a turnkey solution that guarantees compliance with the relevant norms and standards.

  • DEEP BLUE HYBRID was created in an extensive research and development project involving a large number of mechanical and electrical engineers over several years. The components were carefully selected and coordinated with an overall system. Essential inspections and certifications were performed at system level.
  • High-end components such as hybrid batteries from the automotive industry were integrated into the system.
  • Torqeedo assumes responsibility for the functionality and compliance with relevant standards for the whole system.
  • DEEP BLUE HYBRID was developed on the basis of modular components. It allows flexibility and scalability without affecting system integration and reliability.

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