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  • Powernet and Amaronia starts co-operation in sales of Rail Auxiliary Power Solutions

    Amaronia will market Powernet’s Rail Auxiliary Power Solutions to the Transportation segment world wide

    POWERNET AND AMARONIA SIGNS CO-OPERATION AGREEMENT TO SELL POWERNET AUXILIARY POWER SOLUTIONS FOR THE RAIL SEGMENT

    Auxiliary power, battery and battery management technology has made a huge jump forward during the last years. Powernet has developed state-of-the-art battery management- and charger solutions for the rail segment, which will give end-customers substantial added values, such as system availability and extended life time.

    Amaronia again has a network of clients and local partners around the globe, which will be used to market and sell the Powernet battery management solutions.

    Harry Lilja, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Powernet Oy comments “We see this co-operation as a great way for Powernet to gain access to markets where we could not go alone. We are sure that our rail power and battery management solutions are very well positioned to gain a good foothold in the geographical areas Amaronia operates.

    Samuel Krüger, CEO of Amaronia says “After evaluating the Powernet solutions, we see a big opportunity in many of the geographies, and especially in the rolling stock segment. Many train operators and train manufacturers are now understanding the importance of having intelligent battery management solutions.

    Many of the Powernet solutions bring new features, as remote diagnostics and State of Health to battery management. Both Powernet and Amaronia think that when customers know more about their batteries and charging mechanisms, this will decrease the overall cost and maintenance need. The Powernet solutions fit very well into the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) concept, which means that they can all be monitored and supervised remotely. This means intelligent battery charging, data logging and communication is here today!

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  • Heikki Viika joins Powernet as new CEO as Berndt Schalin reaches retirement age

    Berndt Scahalin ”passes the torch” to Heikki Viika

    Heikki Viika new CEO of Powernet

    Heikki Viika joins Powernet as new CEO as Berndt Schalin reaches retirement age. Mr Viika brings vast experience from an international career in Bombardier as well as from power supply industry.

    Powernet’s development and focus the few last years has centred significantly around the rail industry and working in partnership with major customers solving their power supply needs.

    Heikki holds M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology and has done business studies in Helsinki School of Business Economics and IMD/Lausanne. He is experienced in international senior management positions in Bombardier heading globally Engineering, Marketing, Strategy, Sales, and Quality&Safety, as well as holding general management roles as Regional GM for Asia Pacific, and Head of BU London Underground. Subsequently he held the position of President and CEO in another power supply company. Heikki’s background supports Powernet in developing competencies in system integration and the rail industry thus helping to solve the customer’s needs.

    Heikki Viika, CEO of Powernet Oy comments “I am delighted to be working with Powernet, this role allows me to use my extensive experience to help moving this great company forward on their strategic path of working in partnership with customers in industry and rail. I would like to thank Berndt for the great reception in Powernet and his help in getting acquainted with the company. He has done a great job bringing the company to a stable forward oriented position.

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  • Powernet’s ADC8000 Intelligent Charger product platform Enables predictive maintenance and remote monitoring

    Powernet’s new ADC8000 Intelligent Charger platform is a true building block for IIOT

    Powernet’s ADC8000 Intelligent Charger platform enables predictive maintenance and extensive remote monitoring

    The game changing ADC8000 Product Platform makes the battery charger a sensor for data and enables extensive remote monitoring and predictive maintenance.

    The ADC8000 Product Platform is a sophisticated, compact, and cost efficient battery charger with all essential monitoring and communication capabilities integrated. The proprietary software developed by Powernet monitors the State of Health (SOH) of the back-up battery as well as numerous data such as up time, down time, temperature data, run time in different temperature ranges and efficiency of use. Integrated deep discharge protection with adjustable threshold levels, temperature compensated charging and an operation temperature range of -40 to +70 °C is standard in the ADC8000 platform.

    The SOH algorithms will give a reliable prediction of remaining battery life based on a continuous impedance and temperature measurement over the whole life time of the batteries, thus eliminating premature change of batteries as well as alarming the supervisory system at chosen points of remaining lifetime, eg. 6 and 3 months.

    Harry Lilja, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Powernet Oy comments “Battery chargers and power supplies used to be black boxes with a led indicating everything is OK or a failure. The ADC8000 platform is a true game changer, the former black box is now a node for information and in a large distributed system it will communicate the State of Health of the battery of every node as well as numerous data to the SCADA-system. Thanks to the ADC8000 we will see many high value added applications emerging in predictive maintenance and optimization of running costs!

    Berndt Schalin, CEO of Powernet Oy comments “The ADC8000 platform introduces battery chargers of distributed battery backed up systems as true building blocks of Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT). We are very excited to guide our customers into this new era of Intelligent battery charging, data logging and communication!

    ADC8000 intelligent charger

    The ADC8000 optimizes running costs by providing real-time data for predictive maintenance

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  • Powernet supplies Oceanvolt with missing link for electric & hybrid boats

    Oceanvolt was missing a 48V/12V converter charger – Powernet modifies a standard unit for electric & hybrid boats for Marine environment

    Powernet supplies Oceanvolt with missing link for electric & hybrid boats

    Oceanvolt, a pioneer in hybrid & electric powered sailing boats needed a charger to convert 48VDC to 12 VDC. Powernet modified a standard DDC4370 unit to comply with the application specific needs and environmental conditions.

    Oceanvolt’s system is based on a 48V battery bank, but in sailing boats also a 12V or 24V voltage is needed to supply power to instruments for navigation, communication systems, lights etc. Representatives for Oceanvolt and Powernet first met and started discussing a solution at the Vene-Båt exhibition in Helsinki.

    Harry Lilja, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Powernet Oy comments “We are both glad and proud to be able to help and co-operate with Oceanvolt in such an exciting, modern and ecological application as electric and hybrid powered sailboats. We are looking forward to a long term, mutually successful co-operation out on the seven seas!

    The DCDC4370-based unit modified for Oceanvolt features a pre-programmed starting delay as well as a custom-made charging algorithm. To protect the unit from tough environmental conditions out on the seas, the PCB has been coated with a protective coating material.

    Powernet has proven to be a flexible and committed partner. After we agreed on the initial idea a prototype was delivered for testing and we could lock the specification for the final product in a pragmatic way. We were just able to implement the first chargers in time for the Vendee Globe 2016/2017 and the first units have already successfully travelled around the globe in extreme conditions.” says Anna Hietanen, Marketing Manager at Oceanvolt.

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  • Powernet ADC5000 power supply reaches 500.000 shipped units milestone

    Powernet ADC5000 has shipped worlwide to over 500 customers in over 50 countries

    Powernet delivers its 500.000th ADC5000 Series Power Supply

    Powernet’s ADC5000 power supply reached a significant milestone when the 500.000th product was shipped out in November 2016. The ADC5000 is a true ambassador for Finnish technology industry on a global level.

    Known for its robust design and high reliability, the ADC5000 series chargers and power supplies have been shipped directly to more than 500 customers in over 50 countries all around the world. Applications include industrial automation, railway trackside, elevator, wind turbine, meteorological and fire&safety systems.

    The ADC5000 comes in three power ranges; 60, 120 and 240W. All units are DIN-rail mountable with optional wall mounting bracket available. Output voltage versions include 12, 24 and 48VDC. ADC5000 charger models are known for temperature compensation functionality and inbuilt series diodes on output for easy parallel connectivity. Robust “R”-versions feature PCBs protected by conformal coating and large component fixed to withstand vibration. Suitable for Nordic conditions (severe winter) the operating temperature range is -40°C to +70°C. Modified and customer specific units are available on request.

    – “The ADC5000 is a truly global success story. First products shipped in 1998 and we believe demand will continue strong well into the 2020’s. Our decision to focus on product quality and fulfilling customer demands has proven to be a wise decision, you could say this is the recipe for a small technology company to become a viable supplier on the global market“, comments Harry Lilja, VP Sales and Marketing at Powernet Oy.

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  • Powernet new Rail Battery Management System exhibited at INNOTRANS 2016 in Berlin 20-23.9.2016

    Powernet launches new BCS Battery Management System for Rail and exhibits ADC9000 series product portfolio

    Powernet new Rail Battery Management Systems at Innotrans 2016

    At Innotrans 2016 Powernet will show the new BCS Battery Management System (up to 12,8kW) for rolling stock applications as well as exhibit the whole ADC9000-series modules for auxiliary power need in the 500-3200W range.

    The BCS-system is based on the popular ADC9000 family modules. By combining several ADC9000 units in a BCS system solution, the power range can be configured from 6,4 to 12,8kW with high redundancy inbuilt. Furthermore the system is closely integrated with the train management system and displays extraordinary high efficiency and flexibility over the whole power range as the system controller optimizes the usage of the internal switching mode power supply modules independently. The small form factor allows for light and flexible installation options, including IP65 enclosures for rooftop installation.

    – “Our popular ADC9000 series offers a broad portfolio of modules for auxiliary power supply needs in the range of 500-3200W. The small and light power modules are available as converters, power supplies and battery chargers. The new BCS-system is a top-of-theline solution that combines the ADC9000 modules with the high level functionality of a deeply integrated Battery Management System in the Train. We look forward to a busy week at Innotrans and invite all existing and new customers to visit us!”, says Harry Lilja, VP Sales and Marketing at Powernet Oy.

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  • Powernet launches ADC7480HV-series 3200W High Voltage DC/DC Converters and AC/DC Chargers

    Powernet adds ADC7480HV DC/DC Converters and AC/DC Chargers to versatile portfolio

    Powernet launches new 3200W High Voltage (HV) Converters/Chargers

    ADC7480HV (3200W) DC/DC Converters and AC/DC Chargers have Extraordinary wide output range that spans 0 – 900VDC.

    Offering a solution for many innovative applications the new 3200W ADC7480HV-family converts 70-369VDC to 220,280, 560 or 900VDC. The high voltage models can also work as rectifiers with an input of 70-264VAC.

    High voltages are needed in super cap applications, plasma coating/cutting applications, solar power solutions, spectrometry and X-ray machinery, industrial microwave systems, test- and measurement systems and automotive battery charging; to name a few target applications for the new HV-series.

    Output voltages are adjustable from 0-900VDC (max) depending on the version. Trimmer adjustable models as well as models adjustable with 0-5V external analog control signals are also available. As usual, Powernet also has the capability to offer customized versions of the new products.

    – “Powernet’s standard products are well known for their flexible design and ability to work with many different input voltages. The ADC7840HV is a prime example of a multi-purpose product family now also offering a solution for a multitude of industrial special applications needing high voltage outputs. All the new Converters/Chargers are available for orders now“, comments Harry Lilja, VP Sales and Marketing at Powernet Oy.

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  • Powernet launches new ADC8100 HV battery chargers

    Powernet introduces 800W and 1600W HV battery chargers

    Powernet launches 800W and 1600W ADC8100-series for High Voltage battery charging applications

    Powernet’s new 800 and 1600W product platform brings capabilities for High Voltage (160- 280VAC) charging applications. High Voltage charging is needed when higher voltage batteries are used, eg. 220V batteries in small vehicles, security systems and HV solar applications.

    The first products based on the ADC8100- series have been developed in co-operation with key accounts in the security segment and are now in volume production.

    The new ADC8100-series design platform shows a very slim design (50mm height), the possibility for external control of the unit, high efficiency (>92%) as well as high power density through the compact design. The ADC8100 works on 230VAC input and first customer products developed are used in an indoor (-10°C to +55°C) IP20 environment. Powernet’s flexible product platforms allows for project specific designs and details of control, environmental spec as well as mechanics will be selected based on project needs.

    – “The ADC8100- product platform brings an exciting addition to Powernet’s portfolio of Industrial power supply solutions. High voltage battery charging is needed eg. in security systems, solar energy applications and in autonomous mobile robots. Actual products will be fine-tuned and finalized in co-operation with our customers to ensure perfect fit to the customer application“, says Harry Lilja, VP Sales and Marketing at Powernet Oy.

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  • Powernet launches new ADC2300R battery charger

    Powernet introduces robust IP54 2.3kW AC/DC battery charger

    Powernet presents ADC2300R 2.3kW Robust Battery Charger and Power Supply for Harsh Environments

    The ADC2300R is the big brother of the ADC1100R launched in 2014. These robust (IP54 protected) battery chargers and power supplies feature CAN Bus connectivity and an innovative user interface operated by high intensity LED’s and are available in fan cooled and passive cooled versions (on request). The ADC2300R is available for deliveries immediately.

    The compact ADC2300R (367x230x83mm) is mainly targeted for battery charging applications for electric trucks and other moving vehicles in the transportation segment. IP54 protection ensures the ADC2300R can withstand sprays of water as well as dirt in the assembly space.

    Versions with output voltages of 24V and 48V are now available. An intuitive user interface makes it possible to configure the unit for different charging algorithms as well as read the state of the charger through a series of LED-light combinations.

    Further members of the family will feature more voltage version alternative (36V next), IP56 and IP66-protected enclosure options and even higher power in the range of 3kW.

    – “The ADC2300R is a modern, very compact battery charger and power supply for the 2.3kW power range in a sturdy IP54 protected enclosure. Customers who need units for harsh environments now have a viable choice. We are sure the robust and versatile ADC2300R will create a strong impact on the market and please also whole new customers and applications“, says Harry Lilja, VP Sales and Marketing at Powernet Oy.

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  • Powernet’s new Rail Approved 1kW DDC8600 – DC/DC Converter Series

    Powernet introduces 3 new DC/DC converters

    Powernet launches 1kW DDC8600 rail approved DC/DC converter series

    Powernet’s well known ADC9000 series design platform covers power supplies, converters and battery chargers from 500-3200W with rail approvals according to EN50155. The latest branch of the family, the DDC8600-series DC/DC converters are now available for the general market.

    The ADC9000 series has been co-developed mainly with key accounts in the rail industry, but the products also attracts users in demanding industrial applications including marine and military.

    The new DDC8600 series fan cooled converters features a compact design (W 224 * H 76 * D 286 mm), weights only 2kg, has an impressive cold start ability down to -50 °C, normal ambient temperature range is -40 to +55 °C. The first three members of the series are 110VDC/24VDC, 36VDC/24VDC and 24VDC/24VDC. Our flexible product platforms allows for project specific designs on request.

    – “The DDC8600-series DC/DC converters are robust, compact and modern. We see a broad interest towards this 1kW converter family in the rail market and other markets with similar tough requirements. Products are available for both specific project needs and the occasional installation, deliveries are on-going“, says Harry Lilja, VP Sales and Marketing at Powernet Oy.

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