In a shipping first, marine batteries will be supplied for both a ship solar power system and back-up onboard a Handymax bulker
Eco Marine Power and technology partner Furukawa Battery will supply marine-grade FCR series batteries for use onboard a ship with one set being integrated into renewable energy solution and two other sets for emergency back-up use.
“The installation of the FCR series batteries for dual applications onboard the ship demonstrates how this battery technology can be used for a wide range of uses both for maritime & land-based projects,” said Mr Kodaka, general manager of the global business development department, Furukawa Battery.
Other equipment will also be installed onto the vessel as part of an Eco Handymax Project that is being undertaken one ship owner and several companies based in Japan.
As part of the project to supply the FCR-50-12 batteries, the existing layout of the battery room will be altered and new battery frames manufactured by Teramoto Iron Works also supplied.
This will allow for the batteries to be installed in a horizontal orientation, thereby allowing the units required for the Aquarius Marine Solar Power solution and also for back-up use to be installed in the same space onboard the ship.
A significant advantage of the recyclable FCR series batteries is that their robust design and proven safety record allows for them to be installed without the need for complicated protection or cooling systems.
Originally developed for dual uses, the ruggedness of the FCR series batteries also makes them well suited for use in a marine environment. The FCR-50-12 and FCR-100-6 batteries obtained ClassNK certification in 2019.