Japanese batteries approved for EMP vessel use

The UltraBattery UB-50-12 is one of the products covered by EMP certification Photo: The Furukawa Battery Company The UltraBattery UB-50-12 is one of the products covered by EMP certification Photo: The Furukawa Battery Company
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Eco Marine Power (EMP) has certified The Furukawa Battery Co Ltd of Japan as an approved supplier of battery technologies for use onboard its ship and marine structures.

The certification covers a range of batteries technologies including the hybrid valve regulated lead acid (VRLA) UltraBattery.

“The battery technologies that we have certified from Furukawa Battery allow us to offer energy storage solutions that are easy to install, do not require complicated cooling or control systems and are cost effective,” said Greg Atkinson, chief technology officer at Eco Marine Power.

Close cooperation

Furukawa Battery and EMP first began to co-operate in 2014 and teamed up for the Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Project, during which, Furukawa Battery supplied a FC-38-12 battery pack for evaluation on-board the high-speed ferry Blue Star Delos.

This co-operation has since extended to include the evaluation of other battery technologies including the UltraBattery (UB) series.

The certification process included obtaining approval from ClassNK for each battery type, an inspection of the Furukawa Battery production centre at Imaichi Plant at Nikko and a review of the relevant quality standards and certifications including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

The batteries covered by the EMP certification are the: FC-38-12, UB-50-12, FCP-500 & FCP-1000. Furukawa Cycle Power (FCP) batteries have also been certified.

EMP develops renewable energy based fuel saving and emission reduction solutions for ships including passenger ferries, survey ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies include the EnergySail, Aquarius MASTM and Aquarius MRE.

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