The Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam last week highlighted growing interest in storage technology from the sea vessel industry. Leading global battery manufacturers had their latest charging technologies on display, catering to rising demand for clean, efficient electric and hybrid marine systems.
The transport sector has been quick to embrace electrification with robust adoption of lithium-ion battery storage technology in mobility, and grid infrastructure is following suit. Now, it appears the maritime industry is getting in on the action.
IHS Markit energy storage research and analysis manager Julian Jansen confirms the trend, telling pv magazine “Aggressive carbon reduction goals by governments and industry, as well as the need to reduce fuel consumption and maintenance costs are driving the use of battery technology in marine vessels. Battery technology can be utilized either as part of hybrid systems or to fully electrify ships.”
Such progress was evident at the three-day Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo, held in Amsterdam last week.
German battery manufacturer Akasol AG, for example, promoted its role in powering the new hybrid superyacht developed by Italian company Cerri Cantieri Navali S.p.A., with its first generation AKASystem 15 OEM battery system used in the vessel.
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