Classification society ABS on Tuesday (1 February) said it has updated its Guide for use of Lithium-ion Batteries in the Marine and Offshore Industries.
“Lithium-ion batteries are the current dominant rechargeable battery choice for the maritime industry, since they provide high energy density, faster charging, low self-discharging, low memory effect and are lightweight in nature,” it states.
“Recognising the increased usage and benefits of batteries in the marine and offshore industries, and their installation in the new generation of hybrid electric vessels, ABS has developed the Guide for Use of Lithium-ion Batteries in the Marine and Offshore Industries.
“The Guide provides requirements and reference standards to facilitate effective installation and operation of lithium-ion battery systems and establishes safety guidelines for owners, operators, shipyards, designers, and manufacturers.”
The document covers lithium-ion battery types currently used in the industry (for example, lithium-ion cobalt oxide, lithium-ion manganese oxide, lithium-ion nickel manganese cobalt oxide, lithium-ion nickel cobalt aluminum oxide, lithium-ion iron phosphate, and lithium-ion titanate).
“Battery technology is continuously evolving with respect to battery chemistries and designs,” it adds.
“Alternative arrangements or battery technologies may be considered provided it can be shown, through either satisfactory service experience or a systematic analysis based on sound engineering principles, to meet the overall safety standards of this Guide and the ABS Rules.”
Editor’s note: The Guide for use of Lithium-ion Batteries in the Marine and Offshore Industries can be downloaded from the ABS website here.
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Published: 4 February, 2022
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