VACON® NXP Grid Converter

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Energy storage and power conversion enabler

The VACON® NXP Grid Converter plays a key role in supporting clean power conversion in distributed networks with or without energy storage.

By enabling connection of energy storage to AC grids, and facilitating AC grids onboard vessels or island applications in remote areas, it fulfils a unique function. Without the grid converter none of these would be possible. 

The grid converter facilitates load sharing and is highly versatile, for easy integration into diverse networks. Its importance cannot be overstated; use of a grid converter is a must in reaching emission targets.

Smart grid converter

VACON NXP Grid Converter for smart grids improves stability in the grid by supporting a diverse range of energy generators and energy storage systems. By enabling peak shaving, it in turn reduces the capital investment required for grid infrastructure. It is certified for grid code compliance in a wide range of countries, for fast system certification for system integrators.

Shore supply power conversion

When used with a shore-supply solution, VACON NXP Grid Converter allows electrical power to be sourced from the local grid, rather than the ship’s main engine or generators. This process, sometimes known as ‘cold ironing’, has a significantly positive impact on fuel economy. It causes reductions in CO2, NOx and SOx emissions, as well as noise and vibration levels.

Shaft generator

VACON NXP Grid Converter can also be applied to shaft-generator solutions, ensuring that propulsion machinery is able to operate at various speeds. The shaft generator decouples the shaft from the mains, which allows better electrical quality and improved fuel economy. Additionally, power can either be taken from or entered into the propeller shaft. This is particularly useful for ships that often alternate their speeds as it creates fuel savings and minimizes exhaust emissions by up to 15%. It also creates an emergency mode meaning that the vessel can operate even if the main engine fails.

Support for system integrators

Danfoss supports system integrators (SI) in designing their systems to bid on projects. Our aim is to help customers by providing tools and reference designs to make their system design easier. For instance, Danfoss can provide configurable 3D models as well as 2D general arrangement drawings from our product offering.

Endorsed by the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions as a Solar Impulse Efficient Solution.

Endorsed by the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions as a Solar Impulse Efficient Solution.

The 1000 Efficient Solutions comprise the very best the world has to offer in clean and profitable solutions to protect the environment. VACON® NXP Grid Converter was assessed on the criteria of viability, deployability, and sustainability.

Read about Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions
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Supply voltages and power range

Air cooled:

  • 3 x 380-500 V...180-1100 kW
  • 3 x 525-690 V...200-1200 kW

Liquid cooled:

  • 3 x 400-500 V...160-1800 kW
  • 3 x 525-690 V...210-1800 kW

Features and benefits

Reduced fuel consumption as electrical power can be sourced from the grid

Lower CO2, NOx and SOx emissions as the main engine can be shut down

Conforms to ABS and DNV standards

Improved energy efficiency as engine speed can be optimized

Liquid and air cooled solutions available

Facilitates fast system certification for distributed smart grids, thanks to compliance with global grid codes

Protects critical industrial processes with Intelligent DC backup

Simplified logistics and good protection with containerized solutions

Faster, more cost effective engineering thanks to reference designs

Facilitates active and reactive load sharing via droop function

Reducing port emissions

Discover how shore supply systems equipped with VACON® NXP Grid Converter help port authorities meet emission targets.

Documents

Documents
Type Name Language Valid for Updated Download File type
Case story Abeking and Rasmussen WSV English Multiple 03 May, 2023 4.5 MB .pdf
Case story Alfen English Multiple 20 Mar, 2023 5.1 MB .pdf
Case story Astrid Helene English Multiple 20 Mar, 2023 2.9 MB .pdf
Case story Bore Sea RoFlex® English Multiple 15 Mar, 2023 2.7 MB .pdf
Case story CCB Bergen English Multiple 16 Mar, 2023 3.1 MB .pdf
Brochure DrivePro® Life Cycle Services | Stay calm. You’re covered. DrivePro® services add value to keep you at the forefront English Multiple 13 Apr, 2023 7.0 MB .pdf
Case story Electrosteel Castings Ltd | English English Multiple 03 May, 2023 1.7 MB .pdf
Brochure Engineering - Chemical & Pharma English Multiple 18 May, 2022 37.7 MB .pdf
Case story Future of the Fjords | English English Multiple 20 Mar, 2023 2.2 MB .pdf
Case story Geothermal Winton | English English Multiple 20 Mar, 2023 5.9 MB .pdf
Case story Grotte electric ferry - Full case | English English Multiple 15 Dec, 2021 1.1 MB .pdf
Case story Grotte electric ferry - Mobile case | English English Multiple 15 Dec, 2021 916.2 KB .pdf
Case story Grotte electric ferry - Short case | English English Multiple 15 Dec, 2021 3.9 MB .pdf
Brochure Intelligent power conversion for smart grids English Multiple 22 Nov, 2021 10.7 MB .pdf
Case story JeffriesGroup EfW plant - Full case | English English Multiple 04 Apr, 2022 5.0 MB .pdf
Case story JeffriesGroup EfW plant - Mobile case | English English Multiple 05 Apr, 2022 3.4 MB .pdf
Case story JeffriesGroup EfW plant - Short case | English English Multiple 04 Apr, 2022 3.8 MB .pdf
Case story NES Ferry Norway - Full case | English English Multiple 09 Mar, 2022 608.5 KB .pdf
Case story NES Ferry Norway - Mobile case | English English Multiple 16 Mar, 2022 8.0 MB .pdf
Case story NES Ferry Norway - Short case | English English Multiple 16 Mar, 2022 1.9 MB .pdf
Case story Nuvera Fuel Cells - Mobile case | English English Multiple 10 Jan, 2022 1.4 MB .pdf
Case story Nuvera Fuel Cells | English English Multiple 11 Jan, 2022 2.9 MB .pdf
Brochure Product Overview - Danfoss Drives - for your applications English Multiple 16 Mar, 2023 9.8 MB .pdf
Case story Qinous | English English Multiple 22 Mar, 2023 4.2 MB .pdf
Case story Quintex | English English Multiple 17 Mar, 2023 1.0 MB .pdf
Case story Ro-Pax vessels | English English Multiple 17 Mar, 2023 2.1 MB .pdf
Brochure Selection Guide - VACON® NXP Grid Converter English Multiple 16 Mar, 2023 12.9 MB .pdf
Brochure Shore Supply Flyer English Multiple 11 Mar, 2022 2.2 MB .pdf
Case story STX Engine SKorea | English English Multiple 22 Mar, 2023 5.1 MB .pdf
Application guide The new network - smart grids English Multiple 15 Apr, 2019 2.4 MB .pdf
Operating guide VACON-NX-Line-Voltage-Measurement-OG English Multiple 28 Mar, 2023 13.0 MB .pdf
Design guide VACON® Hybridization Design Guide English Multiple 15 Jan, 2017 3.8 MB .pdf
Fact sheet VACON® NXP drive anti-sway functionality Integrated sensorless control English Multiple 27 Feb, 2023 569.0 KB .pdf
Application guide VACON® NXP GridConvert ARFIFF03V190 AppM English Multiple 28 Nov, 2023 1.9 MB .pdf
Application guide VACON® NXP GridConvGGC ARFIF106V160 AppM English Multiple 24 Nov, 2023 2.9 MB .pdf
Application guide VACON® NXP Power Gener ARFIFF08V040 AppM English Multiple 15 Aug, 2019 1.4 MB .pdf
White paper With generators on board, why supply land-based power? English Multiple 28 Feb, 2023 10.6 MB .pdf

Software

Software
Type Name Language Updated Version Status Download File type
System software VACON® Advanced Safety Option Firmware English 16 Dec, 2019 004 Released 3.1 MB .zip
Software tools VACON® NCDrive English 08 Mar, 2022 2.0.42 Released 5.0 MB .zip
Software tools VACON® NCLoad English 04 Dec, 2020 1.0.34 Released 3.6 MB .zip
System software VACON® NX OPTC3/C5 PROFIBUS GSD English 11 Jan, 2016 01 Released 748.0 B .zip
System software VACON® NX OPTC4 LonWorks XIF English 11 Jan, 2016 01 Released 1.3 KB .zip
System software VACON® NX OPTC6 CANopen EDS English 27 Feb, 2018 01 Released 2.7 KB .zip
System software VACON® NX OPTC7 DeviceNet EDS English 01 Jan, 2012 01 Released 3.5 KB .zip
System software VACON® NX OPTCP PROFINET GSDML English 19 Feb, 2015 01 Released 7.4 KB .zip
Application software VACON® NXP Grid Converter Application English 29 Jan, 2024 192 Released 2.7 MB .zip
System software VACON® OPTCQ EtherNet/IP EDS English 08 Jan, 2015 01 Released 13.2 KB .zip
System software VACON® OPTE3/E5 PROFIBUS GSD English 08 Jun, 2022 01 Released 13.4 KB .zip
System software VACON® OPTE3/E5 TIA Portal Library English 08 Jul, 2020 014 Released 3.6 MB .zip
System software VACON® OPTE9 EtherNet/IP EDS English 03 Sept, 2020 01 Released 72.1 KB .zip
System software VACON® OPTE9 PROFINET IO GSDML English 03 Apr, 2020 01 Released 204.3 KB .zip
System software VACON® OPTE9 SIMATIC PDM EDD English 16 Dec, 2019 01 Released 667.4 KB .zip
System software VACON® OPTE9-EA TIA Portal Library English 16 Feb, 2018 01 Released 2.9 MB .zip
System software VACON® OPTE9/EA EtherNet/IP Add-on Instructions English 16 Feb, 2018 01 Released 531.9 KB .zip
System software VACON® OPTEA Advanced Dual Port Ethernet Firmware English 03 Apr, 2023 007 Released 7.2 MB .zip
System software VACON® OPTEA PROFINET IO GSDML English 08 Feb, 2021 01 Released 209.2 KB .zip
System software VACON® OPTEA SIMATIC PDM EDD English 13 Nov, 2018 01 Released 461.7 KB .zip
System software VACON® OPTEC EtherCAT ESI English 20 Feb, 2020 01 Released 381.4 KB .zip
Software tools VACON® Safe English 25 Jan, 2021 1.0.4.0 Released 3.8 MB .zip

Related applications

Shaft generators and shore-supply systems.

Case studies

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    Decarbonizing the next-generation training ship, Skulebas

    NORWAY: The new training vessel at Maløy Fishing School uses less diesel and emits less CO2, while also meeting the rigorous demands of the fishing industry.

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    Unique heat recovery for geothermal power using VACON® drives

    AUSTRALIA: In arid outback Australia the borewater pumped up from underground is so hot, it needs cooling before you can drink it. The town of Winton in Queensland has turned this to its advantage by converting heat from the bore water to electricity. A geothermal power station recovers energy during the borewater cooling process then uses it to generate power for the local community, with the help of VACON®drives.

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    Kneipp-Institute leads the way in storing renewable energy

    An institute in Kamień Śląski, Poland, is pioneering climate neutral energy consumption. Danfoss helps store electricity from the sun. Savings on electricity bill and CO2 emissions are the main drivers.

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    Alfen energy storage enables the energy grid of the future

    Electrification and hybrid solutions are now booming. One of the first pioneers was the Dutch based energy storage manufacturer Alfen B.V., which has used Danfoss power conversion equipment since the early days.

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    QINOUS energy storage optimizes co-generation globally

    Electrification and hybrid solutions are now booming. The German energy storage manufacturer QINOUS GmbH was one of the first Danfoss customers developing these solutions long ago, before this was a “hot topic” in the energy industry.

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    Future of the Fjords meets 2026 emission targets, today

    This world-first fully-electric carbon fiber vessel safeguards the pristine Norwegian fjord environment, ensuring zero emissions.

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