Leading Manufacturer of Energy Storage Solutions Supplies Battery Pack for Shipping Trial
Fukuoka, Japan – 7th October 2014 – Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced today that The Furukawa Battery Co. Ltd., has joined the Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project and has supplied batteries for use onboard the ship Blue Star Delos. The ongoing Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project will evaluate in stages, a number of innovative solutions developed by Eco Marine Power (EMP) and its strategic partners onboard the Blue Star Delos – a modern high speed passenger and car ferry owned and operated by the multi-award winning Greek shipping company - Blue Star Ferries of Athens, Greece - a member of Attica Group.
The batteries from Furukawa Battery will be used as part of the energy storage solution for the trial and will be connected to a marine solar panel array and the Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS) jointly developed by KEI System Ltd. and EMP. The batteries will also be connected to a load and their performance monitored using the Aquarius MAS.
Prior to selection for the trial the battery pack was subjected to vibration tests plus samples were tested at the Aquarius Innovation Lab in Osaka, Japan.
The battery pack to be used for the trial is comprised of twelve (12) Valve Regulated Lead-Acid (VRLA) FC38-12 (12V, 38Ah/20HR) batteries which have an approximate cycle life of 1000 cycles at 25oC. (Depth of Discharge 50%)
Eco Marine Power will also conduct further lab tests involving the FC38-12 batteries plus evaluate other innovative energy storage technologies from Furukawa Battery.
Regarding the Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project Mr. Kodaka, General Manager, Global Business Strategy Division, The Furukawa Battery Co. Ltd. said: “It's a great honor to join this renewable energy shipping project and work with excellent partners. We look forward to evaluating the trial results and further promoting our marine battery solutions to the shipping sector.”
The battery pack from Furukawa Battery is currently being installed on Blue Star Delos and the first results from the trial are expected in early November 2014.
About Furukawa Battery
The Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of storage batteries and electrical machinery in Japan and internationally.
Furukawa Battery products include batteries for use in cars, motorcycles, electric vehicles, trains, aircraft, telecommunications, ships, renewable energy applications and spacecraft.
Furukawa Battery was established in 1950 and it addition to its head office in Yokohama the company has a number of manufacturing facilities located both in Japan and in S.E. Asia. The Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd. has been certified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality standards.
For more information please visit the Furukawa Battery website: http://www.furukawadenchi.co.jp/english/index.htm
Phone: +81 45 336 5063
About Eco Marine Power
Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) is an internationally focused technology company that develops renewable energy based fuel saving and emission reduction solutions for ships including passenger ferries, survey ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies include the EnergySail, Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) System and Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS).
EMP also develops sustainable ship concepts that incorporate the latest renewable energy technologies and is currently working on a number of design projects including Aquarius Eco Ship and Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). The company is based in Fukuoka, Japan.
To read more about Eco Marine Power please visit: www.ecomarinepower.com
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