Voith Turbo has installed and commissioned the first VoreconNX variable speed drive for a US customer, which began using it for its production needs on November 30, 2020. As a modular variable speed drive that combines a hydrodynamic power transmission with a planetary gear, the VoreconNX delivers power up to 10 megawatts and is suited to operate compressors in the power and oil and gas industries.
Prior to delivery, installation, and final commissioning at its new home in Louisiana, the VoreconNX unit was tested at Voith’s Crailsheim, Germany, factory where it ran through a series of standardized performance tests including a speed ramping, overspeed protection, and defined-load point tests. With the installation complete and the VoreconNX unit in operation, the owner expects to operate the unit for the next five years without shutdown. At that point, it will be taken offline for a routine inspection and maintenance.