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Tuesday, July 30, 2019 

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has succeeded in developing South Korea's first marine battery system, which the company says further enhances its technological competitiveness in the eco-friendly vessel market.

SHI has received a type approval certificate from DNV-GL for the marine lithium ion battery system, which was jointly developed with Samsung SDI. The newly developed system, which reduces fuel consumption of generators by optimally controlling and managing on-board generators and power load, enables reductions in pollutant emissions as well as operating costs.

SHI believes that as the global demand for environmentally friendly technologies is higher than ever, there is a growing trend in the application of battery systems as efficient auxiliary power units for large-scale commercial ships and offshore units. In line with the market trend, SHI teamed up with battery manufacturer Samsung SDI to jointly develop a lithium ion battery system assuring high performance and safety, protected against vibration, electromagnetic waves, dust, submergence, fire, etc.

Type approval certification enables the company to produce a lithium ion battery system at a reasonable price at home, instead of using costly lithium ion battery systems predominantly supplied by large-scale equipment makers in Northern Europe where environment regulations are stricter.

"The implementation of the recently developed modular battery system will provide high versatility to meet specific operational demands such as adjustment of battery capacity according to vessel size and power usage. Not only that, we will be able to achieve cost competitiveness by using a domestic system," said Shim, Yong-Lae,VP SHI Ship & Offshore Research Institute. "By securing the battery system technology applicable to all types of vessels, SHI will take the advantageous position in the competition for orders for vessels."

Meanwhile, SHI is engaged in joint research and development with Wartsila for a wider application of lithium ion battery system-based energy storage.

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