Singapore-based Masterbulk Pte. Ltd. has installed an UltraBattery® (UB) battery pack manufactured by the Furukawa Battery Company on general cargo ship MV Panamana as part of a renewable energy project.
The battery pack will later form part of an Aquarius Marine Solar Power solution developed by EMP and be evaluated jointly with Masterbulk and ZEABORN Ship Management (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
“At the core of Masterbulk’s corporate sustainability policy is a focus on protecting the planet and exploring the use of renewable energy on our ships, as part of our strategy to further reduce emissions and fuel consumption,” said Lars Modin, Chief Executive Officer at Masterbulk.
The battery pack installed on the ship incorporates class-approved UB-50-12 Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) batteries along with an easy to install marine-grade battery frame kit.
This combination allowed for the batteries and frame kit to be loaded onto the ship and installed by the ship’s technical team with only remote support being required. The frame kit for the batteries was manufactured by Teramoto Iron Works and specially design to be used with the UB-50-12 batteries.
“We are very pleased to see our high quality UltraBattery series being used on ships,” commented Yasuhiro Kodaka, General Manager of International Sales at Furukawa Battery.
“These long-life and very reliable batteries offer a cost effective alternative to lithium-ion type batteries and are also relatively easier to install and maintain.”
Photo credit: Masterbulk
Published: 27 December, 2018
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