Eco Marine Power (EMP) and the Furukawa Battery Company of Japan (Furukawa Battery) have announced that the FCR series of high performance and recyclable batteries have been accepted for use on classed or to be classed vessels with Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK).
The FCR series of batteries will be used on EMP projects and supplied as replacement batteries when needed.
The Furukawa Battery FCR series batteries are suitable for use with renewable energy systems to back-up energy storage for emergency power supplies. They were originally developed to meet the demands of the Japanese railway system, however their robust design and long cycle life have led to them being used for other applications.
The FCR series batteries are safe, reliable and easy to install, while offering companies a less complicated alternative to lithium-ion batteries, according to EMP.
Initially the FCR-50-12 and FCR-100-6 will be promoted for ship & offshore use although other batteries in the series will also be made available as required.
Joint study products conducted by Furukawa Battery and EMP have also indicated that the use of FCR series batteries onboard ships can reduce battery replacement costs by 50 per cent or more. This is due to the higher quality and longer life of the FCR series when compared to many of the battery types currently being used on ships.
Mr. Yasuhiro Kodaka, general manager, overseas sales & marketing department at Furukawa Battery, commented: “The certification of the FCR batteries by ClassNK is another example of how the advanced battery technologies from Furukawa Battery can be applied to a wide range of applications including railways, land-based energy storage systems and standby batteries for ships and offshore platforms.” He added. “Together with Eco Marine Power we look forward to introducing the FCR series to shipping and explore other applications for this high quality & long life battery technology.”