Saft is launching its new Seanergy range of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery modules developed to offer the proven safety, performance and reliability advantages of Li-ion Super-Iron Phosphate (SLFP) chemistry in a fully integrated solution designed specifically for civil marine propulsion installations. The new range includes a variety of Energy and Power modules that offer the flexibility and adaptability to create highly efficient, cost-effective battery systems to power full-electric and hybrid electric applications for a wide variety of vessels including work boats, ferries, offshore support, cruise-liners and cargo ships.
The trend for electric propulsion is being driven by the needs of the civil marine industry to demonstrate that it is sustainable and energy efficient. This means it has to adapt fast to meet ever tighter environmental regulations that aim to reduce both emissions and noise nuisance while increasing efficiency. New concepts in ship architecture are now incorporating advanced battery technology for both pure electric propulsion and hybrid systems, where the batteries work in conjunction with diesel generators, or possibly gas turbines, and electric motors.
The key advantages of Saft SLFP cell technology for marine applications are its increased safety, its light weight and compact size, high efficiency, long calendar and cycling life, fast-charging capability and high power output, both continuous and in pulses and the ability to deliver high voltages, up to 1,000 V.
Saft has built on the SLFP cell technology to create the Seanergy modules that provide maintenance-free energy storage in a compact package designed specifically for marine applications, with the emphasis on long life and optimized total cost of ownership (TCO). Both Energy and Power modules are available. This modular approach provides the flexibility and scalability to deliver the appropriate levels of energy (MWh) and power (MW) for every application.
Saft understands that safety is critical in the demanding marine environment. In developing the Seanergy modules it has called on the expertise gathered in over 20 years of experience in delivering safe and reliable Li-ion solutions in the exacting spaceflight and satellite sector. Furthermore, Saft has a particular advantage over other battery system suppliers as it is an ‘end to end’ manufacturer of cells, modules and systems. This complete overview enables Saft to take responsibility for the total quality control of every aspect of design, development, testing and delivery of the complete marine battery solution.