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GE to support UK’s Type 45 PIP

14th June 2018 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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GE’s Marine Solutions has been selected by BAE Systems to provide a number of marine electrical solutions to support the upgrade of power generation systems on Royal Navy Type 45 destroyers, the company announced on 11 June.

The contract is a part of the UK Ministry of Defence’s Power Improvement Project (PIP). Under PIP, BAE Systems and its partners will replace the existing two diesel generators with larger units, fitting an additional larger diesel generator and modifying the high-voltage system on each ship.

GE’s Marine Solutions has been contracted to update the electrical power management system on each destroyer to integrate the new generator sets and their power requirement by supplying hardware, including a new high-voltage switchboard, diesel generator neutral earth resistor, battery charger, automatic voltage regulator cubicle and additional automation outstations.

In addition, GE will be responsible for power system modelling, updating the power and propulsion automation system, the integration and commissioning of the high-voltage electrical system and the provision of integrated logistic support data.

The improvements executed by GE will enable the ships to meet new power system requirements, such as the ability to generate and effectively utilise more electrical power, serving the ship’s operational requirements and the increasing power demands on board. Because of the limited space on the existing vessels, GE’s electrical solutions will integrate the new system with a minimised footprint and impact on existing systems.

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