Samsung enters marine battery market

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche
ShipInsight

31 July 2019


South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Samsung SDI, a Samsung Group division manufacturing batteries and other electrical equipment have jointly developed a marine lithium ion battery system.

Earlier this week SHI announced it had received a type approval certificate from DNV-GL making it the first South Korean producer of marine lithium ion battery system,

The newly developed lithium ion battery system, which reduces fuel consumption of generators by optimally controlling and managing on-board generators and power load, is an eco-friendly technology that enables reductions in emissions of pollutant substances and in operating costs as well. Hybrid ship designs have seen growing demand across all sectors after being developed primarily in offshore and passenger ship sectors.

The 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, Vice President of 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," he added.

Meanwhile, SHI is now spurring the development of its eco-friendly technology and is involved in joint research and development with Wärtsilä for a wider application of lithium ion battery system-based energy storage system.