U.S. Navy Taps Calnetix’s Technology to Develop Shipboard High-Efficiency Chillers

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Company a pioneer in high-speed permanent magnet motor generators, power electronics and magnetic bearings for a variety of applications and industries

The U.S. Navy has selected Calnetix Technologies, a pioneer in high-speed permanent magnet motor generators, power electronics and magnetic bearings for a variety of applications and industries, to provide design and engineering assistance for the drive portion of its next generation, two-stage, variable speed, oil-free high-efficiency chillers.

As part of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program, the Navy’s overall goals are to reduce chiller fuel consumption by greater than 25 percent, increase cooling capacity by at least 50 percent, improve reliability by more than 50 percent, meet environmental objectives of reducing refrigerant leakage by 90 percent and eliminate hazardous oily waste.

“Our expertise in permanent magnet (“PM”) motors and magnetic bearings will enable a simple drive system for a two-stage compressor design that will meet the Navy’s aggressive performance, reliability and environmental goals,” said Herman Artinian, Vice President of Business Development for Calnetix. “This project also advances and highlights our expertise with the demanding requirements of a naval combatant to meet severe vibration of all-weather operation and weapons affect shock.”

The Navy expects that the high-efficiency small capacity chiller prototype will commence testing at the end of 2012, and the system could be used for new ship construction as well as to back fit more than 200 current systems on existing ships.

About Calnetix Technologies
Calnetix Technologies, LLC (“Calnetix”), headquartered in Cerritos, CA, is focused on Innovation That Drives Industries. The company specializes in high-performance, high-speed motor generators and best-in-class advanced magnetic bearings and control systems. Calnetix’s patented, underlying technologies, which have been in use since the company’s inception in 1998, have made Calnetix a world leader in the design and production of high-speed machines. The company’s overall technology portfolio and system integration capabilities have led to development and production contracts with industry leaders and the start of many successful subsidiaries that focus on unique niche markets.

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