EMP and Masterbulk install new battery
Japanese technology group, Eco Marine Power (EMP) has joined forces with Singapore shipping company, Masterbulk, to install a new battery pack on a large general cargo ship.
The UltraBattery, manufactured by the Furukawa Battery Company, has been installed on the MV Panamana and will later form part of an Aquarius Marine Solar Power solution developed by EMP.
The pack incorporates class-approved UB-50-12 Valve Regulated Lead Acid batteries and can be installed by the ship’s own technical team. The frame kit for the batteries, which have a capacity of UB-1000, was manufactured by Teramoto Iron Works and is specially designed to be used with the UB-50-12 batteries.
Yasuhiro Kodaka, general manager of international sales at Furukawa Battery said: “We are very pleased to see our high quality UltraBattery series being used on ships. These long-life and very reliable batteries offer a cost effective alternative to lithium-ion type batteries and are also relatively easier to install and maintain.”
Lars Modin, chief executive officer at Masterbulk, said: “At the core of Masterbulk’s corporate sustainability policy is a focus on protecting the planet and exploring the use of renewable energy on our ships, as part of our strategy to further reduce emissions and fuel consumption.”
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