Onboard DC Grid™

Onboard DC Grid™ is a modular power system platform, that enables simple flexible and functional integration of energy sources and loads. The system platform is highly customizable for the simple to the most demanding applications, covering the low to mid-power range. Onboard DC Grid™ streamlines the building of next generation power systems.

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Attractive CAPEX

All DC based sources are more functional and cheaper to integrate, lowering the total investment cost of the power train. Easy to adapt and add on new energy sources later on.  

Reliable system

Highly fault tolerant system platform, using high quality components and autonomous sub-system design philosophy, resulting in safer and more efficient operations.

Lower OPEX

Reduced operating expenditures through reduced fuel consumption, prolonged maintenance intervals and reduced emissions-related costs. In addition, high fault tolerance allows for more efficient operations.


ABB and Incat sign LOI to develop lightweight hybrid-electric ferry

ABB and Incat Tasmania will explore building an electric ferry with hybrid-electric propulsion which could transition to battery power as shore charging becomes available. This paves the way for ABB to supply zero-emission power, propulsion solutions and evaluate a future commercial arrangement. The Incat 148E would be built in Australia to DNV class, operating at speeds of up to 21 knots. It would feature ABB's Onboard DC Grid™ power distribution, ABB Ability™ Power and Energy Management System™ and 800xA distributed control systems. 

The Onboard DC Grid™ technology

What is special about DC?

The role of DC in the marine industry is maturing and it is clear that Shipping 4.0 – electric, digital, and connected – spells a bright future for DC-based electric propulsion. A DC-based power system enables simple, flexible and functional integration of energy sources such as variable speed gensets and shaft generators, batteries and fuel cells. Also, a DC and power-electronics based power system provides a unique platform for digital solutions onboard a vessel. Equipped with sensors and communication infrastructure, data is transmitted between systems in an instance. This gives access to information that enable the bridge to monitor and optimise their performance. And, better connectivity between ship and shore mean that performance management is taken to the next level. Onboard DC Grid™ is gaining traction in a wide range of vessel types, and the reason...

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