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Tuesday, July 9, 2019 

Japanese companies Eco Marine Power (EMP) and Furukawa Battery Company announce that the FCR series of high performance and recyclable batteries has been accepted for use on classed or to-be-classed vessels with Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK).

The FCR series of batteries will now be used as appropriate for EMP projects and supplied as replacement batteries as required. The Furukawa Battery FCR series are suitable for a wide range of applications ranging from use with renewable energy systems to back-up energy storage for emergency power supplies. They were originally developed for demanding requirements of Japanese railways, however the robustness of their design and long cycle life have led to them being used for other applications.

The FCR series is said to be safe, reliable and easy to install, with superior performance characteristics to other similar battery technologies. They offer a less complicated alternative to lithium-ion batteries. Initially the FCR-50-12 and FCR-100-6 will be promoted for ship and offshore use although other batteries in the series can be made available.

Studies jointly conducted by Furukawa Battery and EMP indicated that the longer life of FCR batteries can reduce battery replacement costs onboard ships by 50% or more.

Yasuhiro Kodaka, General Manager, Overseas Sales & Marketing, Furukawa Battery said: “The certification of the FCR batteries by ClassNK is another example of how the advanced battery technologies from Furukawa Battery can be applied to a wide range of applications including railways, land-based energy storage systems and standby batteries for ships and offshore platforms. Together with Eco Marine Power we look forward to introducing the FCR series to shipping and explore other applications for this high quality & long life battery technology.”

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