Volvo Penta says that its Inboard Performance System (IPS) is an example of a technology that takes a significant step forward in increasing efficiency and reducing emissions, while also continuing to improve product performance.
Offering advanced maneuverability and performance, easy maintenance and serviceability, and ehanced levels of onboard comfort, the product has achieved notable market success: the company has now sold 30,000 Volvo Penta IPS solutions across the marine sectors.
Volvo Penta says this marks a win for both customers and the environment. The IPS units deliver not only a unique user experience but also up to 30% reduced fuel consumption and 30% less CO2 emissions compared to traditional inboard shafts.
Volvo Penta IPS was a revolution in marine technology when it was first launched in the marine leisure sector in 2005. The system’s innovative and unique design has forward-facing, twin counter-rotating propellers that sit below the hull for incredible “grip” of the water. Individually steerable IPS drives are linked to the onboard joystick docking function. The joystick makes docking – considered one of the most stressful aspects of operation – easier.
Increasing the use of Volvo Penta IPS for marine commercial use was one of the company’s commitments to the WWF Climate Saver program – which it has been a part of since 2014. One example of the product’s impact since its introduction to the marine commercial market is eight Njord Offshore vessels, powered by Volvo Penta IPS, that have saved on average a total of 20% in fuel and 8,375 tons of CO2, over 250,000 hours of operation. Additionally, the system’s superior maneuverability is a huge advantage when docking offshore in harsh conditions.
Additionally, Volvo Penta has started to incorporate a circular economy approach when it comes to manufacturing – by giving a new life to IPS drivelines through remanufacturing.
“Our Volvo Penta IPS range already offers a reduced impact on the environment, through its increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions,” says Johan Inden, head of Volvo Penta’s marine segment. “Selecting a remanufactured IPS unit only enhances the sustainability of the full lifecycle of the boat, including maintenance and repair.”
Although the numbers are good, Volvo Penta’s Environmental Director, Cecilia Gunnarsson knows more can still be done.
“As we celebrate this milestone, we also remind ourselves that supporting our environment is a continuous commitment,” she says. “This is why we have worked to make our systems compatible with renewable fuels such as HVO. Additionally, we have our IMO III package for IPS, for the marine commercial sector, which meets the strictest global emission standards.”