A battery system for efficient fuel consumption in shipping EASy Marine has now been approved for operation by classification society DNV GL.
EASy Mari, developed by German battery developer EAS, adapts flexibly to limited space conditions, increases safety on the water and reduces emissions.
The modular space concept of the battery system enables almost every shipowner to convert their propulsion system to a fuel-optimised hybrid system, according to EAS. This is because the battery design can be adapted to almost any type of ship architecture.
“This is like Lego for adults,” said EAS head of sales Dr. Frank Diehl. The modules can be flexibly combined. “Rigid battery racks, some more than two meters high, are now a thing of the past,” he added. “With the EASy-Marine-Modules, it is possible to reproduce steps, so that even sloping walls no longer present a space problem”. Up to 1500 volts can be connected in series – fifty per cent more than usual.
Michael Deutmeyer, managing director of EAS Batteries, christened the mechanical modular battery concept for the maritime industry on the occasion of its completed DNV-GL certification in the virtual presence of the Monbat Group Management today at the production site in Nordhausen and released it for serial production.
The cell chemistry of EASy-Marine modules is based on lithium iron phosphate (LFP). LFP is considered to be extremely safe as the battery can become hot in the event of a short circuit, overcharging or mechanical damage to the cell, but it does not burn. “Burning LI batteries cannot be extinguished”, explained Mr Diehl. “Only cooled. EASy Marine rules out such a drama on the open sea from the outset”.
High performance, environmentally friendly propulsion
“EASy Marine is robust and extremely powerful,” said Mr Deutmeyer. “It is particularly suitable for hybrid applications, since it can release and absorb energy very quickly. The goal of hybrid systems, which combine batteries with diesel generators, for example, is to keep fuel consumption in the so-called “sweet spot” – therefore at the optimum level – throughout. The result is the minimum use of fuel and thus the lowest possible emission of CO2 and other emissions. With EASy Marine, diesel savings can amount to up to thirty per cent per ship. Other energy sources, such as a fuel cell for hydrogen propulsion, can also be operated highly efficiently with EASy Marine.
“The maritime market is increasingly developing towards hybrid electromobility – albeit somewhat more slowly in the new reality,” continued Mr Deutmeyer. “Because of its advanced features, especially its safety, EASy Marine is a true and long-awaited blessing for the maritime industry.”
It is the first flexible standard product that the German battery manufacturer EAS Batteries has developed itself on the basis of its own cells and has now brought to market. EASy Marine can be used in the entire maritime industry for hybridisation or as a fully electric component, for example in gantry cranes or offshore installations.