Leclanché power for hybrid power vessels
Kongsberg Maritime has selected Leclanché as its battery partner and supplier of customised energy storage solutions for the new hybrid power vessel projects it is working on.
Through the partnership, Leclanché will deliver one of the largest single marine battery system order to date for nine vessels totalling 45MWh batteries. The systems will be built at Leclanché’s facility in Switzerland with the cells manufactured at Leclanché’s Willstätt facility in Germany.
"The partnership between Kongsberg Maritime and Leclanché has the potential to be game changing as it brings low and zero-emission solutions to the sizeable and fast growing electric and hybrid marine market,” said Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché.
The first project to be jointly executed will be Yara Birkeland, the world’s first autonomous and electric container vessel with zero emissions ordered by YARA.
Replacing 40,000 truck journeys a year, Yara Birkeland will eliminate NOx and CO2 emissions and improve road safety, whilst also reducing noise and dust emissions currently caused by trucks in a densely populated urban area.
The second project relates to vessels known as Grimaldi Green 5th Generation (GG5G). The GG5Gs will be the first in a new series of hybrid Ro-Ro vessels using fossil fuel during navigation, with batteries providing a peak-shaving function and electricity in port.
This new partnership with KONGSBERG underscores Leclanché’s strategy of being a vertically integrated system supplier to growth markets such as merchant marine and fleet transportation, moving beyond being a ‘pure play’ cell producer.
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