DC charging systems manufacturer Balmar LLC received additional utility patent protection for its AltMount Serpentine Pulley Conversion design.
The company was awarded a design patent for AltMount in 2012.
“Our AltMount conversion business is growing rapidly as more and more cruising sailors and powerboaters select higher-power DC charging systems,” Balmar general manager Steve Gamman said in a statement.
“Although recent advancements in energy efficiency, such as LED lighting, have reduced power demands for individual components, there are more electrical devices being installed on every vessel and overall power demands continue to increase,” Gamman said.
Balmar also announced a 30 percent price reduction on AltMount Serpentine Conversion Kits. The price reduction applies to AltMount conversions for Yanmar, Volvo Penta, Westerbeke, Universal, Perkins/Sabre, Nanni, Vetus and Ford/Lehman diesel engines.
“The awarding of a utility patent for AltMount and our 2016 price reduction signifies Balmar’s commitment to support the installed base of sailors and powerboaters who own legacy engine/charging systems which were not designed to support higher-power DC charging systems,” Gamman said. “Balmar can minimize or eliminate the need for a separate generator on the vessel with an appropriately sized alternator-based charging kit.”