Kongsberg chooses battery partner for hybrid development

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche
ShipInsight

13 November 2018


Norwegian technology group Kongsberg has selected Switzerland-based Leclanché, one of the world’s leading storage solutions companies, as its battery partner and supplier of customised marine energy storage solutions. The partnership will contribute to Kongsberg’s new generation of hybrid power solutions.

Through the partnership, Leclanché will deliver one of the largest single marine battery system order to date for 9 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 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. The second project relates to hybrid ro-ro vessels known as Grimaldi Green 5th 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 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 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. We are seeing a paradigm shift in the maritime industry towards electric power and partnerships with world class industry leaders such as Kongsberg further demonstrate that Leclanché’s opportunity is now."