Sanlorenzo, Volvo Penta Announce Partnership

Sanlorenzo’s SX120 and SX132 will be the first superyachts to have Volvo Penta’s IPS Professional Platform.
Sanlorenzo SX120
The Sanlorenzo SX120 will be one of the first superyachts to install the Volvo Penta IPS Professional platform. The first yacht is expected to launch in 2025. Courtesy Volvo Penta

The Italian shipyard Sanlorenzo has announced a partnership with engine-maker Volvo Penta that will bring the IPS Professional Platform onto the Sanlorenzo SX120 and SX132.

Sanlorenzo expects the two models to launch in 2025 and 2027, respectively. They will be the first superyachts installed with the IPS Professional Platform.

The IPS Professional Platform is designed for comfort, performance and sustainability aboard superyachts. Equipped with intelligent technology features, the IPS Professional platform reportedly delivers exceptional efficiency, with users experiencing as much as a 30 percent reduction in fuel consumption and emissions.

“When adopting new solutions into superyachts, we must always consider the experience of owners and the captain,” Johan Inden, president of Volvo Penta Marine, stated in a press release. “The IPS Professional Platform not only delivers new levels of efficiency and flexibility, but also elevates the yachting experience through the fully integrated helm-to-propeller platform.”

Volvo Penta IPS system
The Volvo Penta IPS system will enable yachts to run anywhere from four to eight power sources. Volvo Penta projects a 30 percent reduction in fuel consumption with its system. Courtesy Volvo Penta

As with smaller yachts, the compact design of this IPS system frees up onboard space for other uses, and reduces perceived noise by up to 50 percent. Additionally, the forward-facing propeller design and dual power input reduce vibration levels on board.

Highlights of the new platform include a flexible dual power drive system that can be installed as a twin, triple or quad. Each yacht can have four to eight power sources, including traditional engines running on renewable fuels, fully electric or hybrid solutions.

This system also has intelligent power management. Eco Mode uses onboard sensors to automatically start and stop engines based on the captain’s power needs. The platform will consider optimal fuel consumption and engine run-time hours to engage the engine with the least hours for a given scenario.

Volvo Penta IPS system
In addition to running a traditional diesel setup and a fully electric system, there is also a hybrid solution. Courtesy Volvo Penta

And, this system has technology such as Volvo Penta Assisted Docking, Dynamic Positioning, and diagnostic information provided through a Glass Cockpit helm display.

“The wishes of the customer have always been a fundamental part of Sanlorenzo’s philosophy,” Massimo Perotti, executive chairman of Sanlorenzo, stated in the press release. “We begin at the intersection of technology and sustainability, combining the latest industry innovations with custom features and design that reflect the customer’s individual style. As the marine industry moves toward decarbonization, we continue to pursue a premier experience that adheres to our vision of a sustainable future.”

What else is Sanlorenzo doing that’s eco-minded? The yard has announced a Road to 2030 strategy that will include this year’s launch of a 50 Steel yacht with a modular Reformer Fuel Cell system. It’s reportedly capable of transforming green methanol into hydrogen, and then into electricity to power onboard hotel needs. Sanlorenzo says the system will lay the groundwork for the introduction of the first superyacht powered solely by green methanol, an advancement the yard hopes to achieve by the end of the decade.

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