This partnership will help Kongsberg in the development of new-generation hybrid power solutions that will boost efficiencies and reduce the environmental impact of transportation with autonomous and crewed vessel newbuilds.
The integral part of Kongsberg’s hybrid solutions will be Leclanche’s batteries. The partnership will see Lechlanche deliver marine battery systems totalling 45MWh for nine vessels.
Kongsberg Maritime supply chain EVP Frode Kaland 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.”
The first project will be Yara Birkeland, which is claimed to be the world’s first autonomous and electric container vessel with zero emissions. The vessel is ordered by fertiliser company Yara.
Yara will replace about 40,000 truck journeys per year, improving road safety, reducing noise and dust, as well as reducing NOx and CO2 emissions.
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Grimaldi Green 5th Generation (GG5G) is the second project. Grimaldi is an operator of Roll-on / Roll-off (Ro-Ro) and Roll-on / Roll-off Passenger (Ro-Pax) vessels.
Kornsberg’s hybrid propulsion system includes frequency drives, energy management systems and Leclanché battery systems, as well as supply and integration of shaft generators.
Leclanche’s new partnership with Kongsberg is part of its strategy to be a vertically integrated system supplier to growth markets, including fleet transportation and merchant marine.
Leclanche made an investment in developing a DNV GL-certified battery system for marine applications. It claims to be the first battery supplier to comply with the 2015 regulations that are currently in place.
Based in Høvik, Norway, DNV GL is an international accredited registrar and classification society for maritime vessels.
Leclanché CEO Anil Srivastava said: “The partnership between Kongsberg Maritime, one of the world’s leading providers of electrification solutions to the maritime industry, and Leclanché has the potential to be game-changing. It brings low and zero emission solutions to the sizeable and fast-growing electric and hybrid marine market.
“Leclanché’s focus on maritime is an essential component of our focus on the electrification of fleets, and maritime is ideally suited to both our superior battery systems and our partnership approach to deliver emissions-busting solutions.”