Furukawa Battery Co (Furukawa Battery) and Eco Marine Power (EMP) have joined to offer a ship battery replacement and management service to help shipowners reduce battery replacement costs
Based on studies into the use of emergency and back-up batteries on ships, the Furukawa Battery and EMP service will review the installed batteries on a fleet basis and provide recommendations to shipowners or ship managers regarding replacements or upgrades.
In addition to recommending and supplying replacement batteries, Furukawa Battery and EMP can arrange to supply battery cable sets, battery spacers, battery frame kits and battery test units.
The service aims to reduce waste, crew workload and improve safety, and it will include details regarding a testing plan to extend installed battery lifetime and advice regarding safety and storage issues.
EMP chief technology officer Greg Atkinson said “We have seen cases where batteries have exploded due to incorrect or low-quality types being installed or batteries failing after just a few months for the same reason. Clearly if emergency back-up batteries fail then this is a serious safety issue and these problems can be prevented via our new service.”
Furukawa Battery general manager, overseas sales & marketing department, Yasuhiro Kodaka said the company has “a range of class-approved batteries suitable for use on ships ... to help ship managers and shipowners reduce costs and improve how they manage onboard batteries and their replacements”.
Both companies have previously co-operated on the development of marine renewable energy technology and have jointly undertaken projects to study and implement marine solar power technologies during which class-approved batteries were installed.
However EMP said it became obvious there was scope to utilise battery technologies from Furukawa Battery for other applications on board ships.
For example, the FCR series batteries of high-performance, recyclable batteries have been accepted for use on classed or to be classed vessels with ClassNK. These batteries are suited for 24 VDC emergency back-up battery banks and both companies see the FCR series as a safe, reliable and easy to install energy storage option with superior performance characteristics when compared to other similar battery technologies.
EMP said the FCR batteries also offer customers a less complicated alternative to lithium-ion batteries. Furukawa Battery’s other available class-approved battery types include the UltraBattery, FCP and FC series.