South Korea-based ship maker Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has developed a lithium-ion battery power system for ships.

It has been jointly developed in collaboration with local battery manufacturer Samsung SDI.

The newly developed lithium-ion battery system has received a type approval certificate from DNV-GL last month.

The new marine battery system controls and manages on-board generators and power load system, as well as helps to cut fuel consumption by generators.

In addition to reducing carbon emissions, the system is designed to cut operational expenses.

The new battery system is capable of withstanding numerous hazards on board such as vibration, electromagnetic waves, dust, submergence and fire.

SHI said that this type approval certification will allow it to produce a lithium-ion battery system locally at a realistic price, instead of using costly lithium-ion battery systems.

SHI Ship and Offshore Research Institute vice president Shim, Yong-Lae said: “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. By securing the battery system technology applicable to all types of vessels, SHI will take an advantageous position in the competition for orders for vessels.”

SHI has collaborated with Finnish technology group Wartsila to carry out joint research and development for a range of application of lithium-ion battery system-based energy storage system.

Recently, Samsung Heavy Industries announced that it would open a research and development centre to encourage advances in LNG-related technology by December 2020.