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LECLANCHÉ AND KONGSBERG TO JOIN IN HYBRID SYSTEMS

Monday, November 12, 2018 

Kongsberg Maritime has partnered with Leclanché in the supply of customised marine energy storage solutions. The partnership contributes to Kongsberg’s new generation of hybrid power solutions, designed to deliver efficiency improvements and reduce environmental impact .

Leclanché’s batteries will be an integral part of Kongbserg’s hybrid systems. Through the partnership, Leclanché will deliver one of the largest single marine battery system orderss to date for nine vessels totalling 45MWh battery capacity. The systems will be built at Leclanché’s facility in Switzerland with the cells manufactured at Leclanché’s Willstätt facility in Germany.

The first project to be jointly executed will be Yara Birkeland, the first autonomous and electric container vessel with zero emissions ordered by YARA, a fertiliser company and provider of environmental solutions. Replacing 40,000 truck journeys a year, Yara Birkeland will eliminate NOx and CO2 emissions while reducing noise and dust emissions caused by trucks in a densely populated urban area.

The second project relates to ro-ro and ro-pax vessels vessels known as Grimaldi Green fifth Generation (GG5G). The hybrid propulsion system delivered by Kongsberg includes supply and integration of shaft generators, frequency drives, energy management systems together with Leclanché battery systems. 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.

The 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. Leclanché made an early investment in developing a DNV GL certified battery system for marine applications, and is the first battery supplier to fully comply with the stringent 2015 regulations that are currently in force.

Frode Kaland, EVP Supply Chain for Kongsberg Maritime said: “Leclanché’s ability to cover the complete value chain from design and production of lithium cells in Europe, to full battery systems certified for marine applications together with our proprietary hybrid power technology positions us together as a single, unified supplier of electrification solutions that will deliver lower operational expenditure and enable environmental sustainability for all vessel types”.

Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché said: "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."

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