Electrification of the ship propulsion: ELIN Motoren wins Innovation Award Styria

  • ELIN Motoren is one of the winners of the Innovation Award Styria 2023
  • The electric Voith Schneider Propeller makes an important contribution to the electrification of the drive train in marine applications
  • The integrated electric motor from ELIN Motoren enables even more environmentally friendly and resource-saving operation

Weiz/Preding, March 28th, 2023 – ELIN Motoren, manufacturer of customized electric motors and generators, wins the Innovation Award Styria in the category Sustainability for Medium and Large Enterprises. The submitted project “eVSP” – electric Voith Schneider Propeller, for resource-saving shipping through electrification of the drive train, convinced the jury out of almost 100 submissions. The Innovation Award Styria is the official business award of the province of Styria and honors the best Styrian companies for their initiatives and solutions in the field of digitalization and sustainability.

The collaboration between Voith, ELIN Motoren and Linz Center of Mechatronics (LCM) made it possible to integrate the specially designed electric motor directly into the ship’s propeller and save on the gearbox. The result is a reliable, energy-efficient, environmentally friendly and compact drive unit. This is particularly important for cargo, crane or ferry vessels, enabling precise maneuvering in confined spaces. Other advantages include lower maintenance requirements, more installation space in the ship, a reduction in construction costs, low-noise operation and reduced fuel consumption.

“Sustainable and resource-saving solutions are important at all levels to reduce CO2 emissions. Our electric motor for the eVSP makes a significant contribution to enabling green shipping,” said Wolfgang Landler, CEO of ELIN Motoren. “The recognition for this sustainable solution, as winner of the Innovation Award, makes us particularly proud and encourages us in our path to develop sustainable technologies.”


The winners among the most innovative companies are simultaneously nominated for the State Innovation Award, which is organized by Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH (aws) on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Labor and Economic Affairs in cooperation with the federal states.

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