Making permanent results

The Switch was founded in 2006 with a challenger mindset. We wanted to break the status quo in the wind industry by pushing the permanent magnet (PM) generator and full-power converter drive train as the technology of choice.

Nearly 15 years later, there has been a shift in wind power technology with the 10 largest offshore and onshore turbine manufacturers all using permanent magnets as the technology of choice to reach higher powers and better efficiencies.

Then we went on to make a larger shift in the marine industry. In 2022 we became the leading PM shaft generator supplier for marine vessels. Now, we are bringing PM motors to electric propulsion systems and revolutionary high-power converters designed for marine DC distribution without compromise.

Celebrating 15 years of permanent performance

  1. 2006

    The Switch was founded and become 1st 100%-dedicated PMG and full-power converter technology champion for wind power.

  2. 2007

    Serial deliveries of direct-drive PMGs begin for ScanWind’s 3 MW nearshore wind turbine.

  3. 2007

    The Switch and MAN Turbo start testing their jointly developed 8 MW subsea high-speed gas compressor.

  4. 2008

    1st breakthrough deal for Goldwind’s 1.5 MW wind power converters.

  5. 2010

    Moventas and The Switch launch FusionDrive® – a fully integrated medium-speed gear and generator.

  6. 2012

    New full-power converter series for wind with world-class fault ride-through capability.

  7. 2013

    Successful commissioning of The Switch drive trains for Haizhuang Windpower’s 5 MW offshore turbine.

  8. 2014

    Installation of 1st commercial 8 MW offshore turbine with The Switch medium-speed PMG. The Switch enters marine business and signs deal with WE Tech for permanent magnet shaft generators

  9. 2014

    Yaskawa Electric Corporation acquires 100% of The Switch companies.

  10. 2015

    Over 6,000 liquid-cooled, full-power converter deliveries reached for Goldwind’s 1.5 MW turbine.

  11. 2016

    The Switch acquires Wärtsilä Norway-based marine power drive business. More than 1,300 marine drives in operation.

  12. 2018

    MAN Energy launches Electric Turbo Blower (ETB) powered by The Switch high-speed solid rotor machine. The Switch becomes the Environmental Energy Division of Yaskawa Europe.

  13. 2020

    The Switch signs a deal with Caterpillar/Berg Propulsion for direct-drive electric propulsion machines and gensets. Launch of Large Drive Test Center in Lappeenranta, Finland, with testing capability of 18 MW.

  14. 2021

    The Switch becomes leading PM shaft generator supplier with over 100 permanent magnet shaft generators delivered. More than 600 medium-speed PM generators have been delivered for offshore turbines.

  15. 2021

    The Switch high-speed solid rotor motors have been operating for more than 10 million hours, and over 10 years, in tough applications – with zero rotor defects.

  16. 2024

    BEMAC Corporation, in partnership with global trading and investment company Mitsui & Co., Ltd., acquire 100% of the shares in The Switch.

Now in 2024, we have delivered over 23 GW of megawatt-class environmental energy technology worldwide – to wind, marine and industry.

Make the next milestone with us!