Energy storage system provider Sterling PlanB and European ship design group ICE Marine Design have announced an agreement to combine knowledge and resources to increase the adoption of energy storage systems (ESS) on ships.
Sterling PlanB has extensive experience in developing maritime battery and ESS technology, particularly in the field of safety, while ICE is experienced in marine design and engineering. The two will work together to integrate ESS as a key element in newbuildings or as retrofits in existing ships.
Sterling PlanB’s batteries are developed with the highest standards of safety, particularly when it comes to tackling the risk of fire due to thermal runaway. Its systems are some of the first to meet classification society DNV’s new 2020 class rules for commercial vessel batteries, which substantially mitigates the risk of the spread of fire by eliminating the propagation of thermal runaway within a battery module.
“ESS will be an essential part of shipping’s decarbonisation journey. Regardless of vessel type, all vessels can benefit from ESS installation helping them to save fuel, operate with a more stable load, and increasing safety with improved backup power. However, integrating battery technology into vessel design requires specific expertise, and it’s important that ESS installation is considered as an integral part of a project rather than an afterthought. We’re excited to be working alongside ICE, who are bringing over 50 years of design expertise to the table, and we look forward to collaborating with them to realise new, low carbon vessel designs and retrofit projects,” said Sterling PlanB CEO Brent Perry.
Steinar Draegebo, ICE’s chairman and CEO said: “Sterling PlanB are proven leaders when it comes to ESS technology. We’re proud to be working with a company that prioritises safety and has the technical knowledge and capability to really push the boundaries of what’s possible with marine batteries. Sterling PlanB’s technology will help us meet our customers’ expectations of fuel efficiency, increased safety and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.”