When it comes to running a large yacht effectively there are many areas to consider but the generators are a key element. MV Pioneer is a custom built 46m expedition yacht, built by Palmer Johnson in 1996, and refitted in 2015. The vessel has two M1066T (99kW @ 208V) Northern Lights generators that were continually suffering from under loading and experiencing exhaust issues which was manifesting itself externally from the vessel.
The chief engineer wanted a solution that would extend the life of the generators, powering them to the optimum level to ensure clean running.
Having approached Energy Solutions to see how the ES LoadBank could help them deal with this issue a final specification was reached that met the needs onboard. The ES LoadBank would ensure that a sufficient base load was applied to the generator at all times, using electrical heaters as the load and then this heat is released via two heat exchangers, the first providing on board heating when required.