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Leclanché to supply batteries for Kongsberg hybrid marine power solutions

Kongsberg Maritime has selected Swiss storage solutions provider Leclanché to supply batteries and custom marine energy storage solutions for its hybrid and electric power systems.

Kongsberg said that Leclanché’s batteries would be an integral part of their hybrid power propulsion solutions and that through the partnership the Swiss company would deliver marine battery systems for nine vessels totalling 45MWh batteries.

The batteries are for two projects – the Yara Birkeland, the world’s first electric, autonomous feeder vessel, and hybrid propulsion systems for Grimaldi’s Green 5th Generation ro-ro vessels.

Read more: Kongsberg seals hybrid power deals for 9 China-built Grimaldi ro-ros
The systems will be built at Leclanché’s facility in Switzerland with the cells manufactured at its Willstätt facility in Germany.

Frode Kaland, evp supply chain for Kongsberg Maritime said: “Leclanché’s ability to cover the complete value chain from design and production of lithium cells in Europe, to full battery systems certified for marine applications together with our proprietary hybrid power technology positions us together as a single, unified supplier of electrification solutions that will deliver lower operational expenditure and enable environmental sustainability for all vessel types”.

For Leclanché it sees opportunities in the maritime power sector. “We are seeing a paradigm shift in the maritime industry towards electric power and partnerships with world class industry leaders such as Kongsberg further demonstrate that Leclanché’s opportunity is now,” said Anil Srivastava, ceo of Leclanché.

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