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XALT Energy To Supply World’s 2 Largest Battery-Powered Ferries With Lithium-Ion Cells

The energy storage firm XALT Energy has announced that it has secured a new lithium-ion battery cell supply contract for the two largest battery-powered ferries in the world, according to a recent press release from the company.


The new supply contract with Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) relates to the two Scandlines Helsingborg–Helsingör ferries — each of which will possess 4.16 megawatt-hour (MWh) battery packs.

These enormous lithium-ion battery packs will be used to provide power for primary propulsion of the ferries — welcome news to those who use the ferries in the region regularly but hate breathing diesel.

XALT Energy provides more:

The electric ferries will carry their part of more than 7.4 million passengers and 1.9 million vehicles annually with zero emissions. INEA, the European Union’s executive agency for innovation and networks, supports the project with 120 million SEK ($14.1 million).

“We are delighted to continue serving marine market applications through our strategic alliance with PBES,” says Mark Chema, XALT Director of Sales.

The energy storage system was designed by PBES, with a proprietary liquid cooling system that provides a higher level of safety to marine customers. The thermal management system maintains optimal internal temperatures to maximize lifespan of the XALT high-power lithium cells.

PBES chose XALT Energy for their high-power, high-quality cells produced in a state-of-the-art, fully automated facility in Midland, Michigan.

“The XALT quality processes are the best in the world,” says Grant Brown, Vice President of Marketing for PBES. “The resulting product is capable of higher discharge rates, better performance, and ultimately far greater cycle life than their competitors. By maintaining optimal core temperatures for the cells, PBES modules maximize the lifespan of the cells.”

PBES energy storage systems using XALT high-power cells were designed to power hybrid and full electric commercial marine applications. These energy storage systems are used in ferries, offshore supply vessels, wind farm support vessels and tugboats, port equipment and yachts.

Excellent news. The amount of fossil fuel use and associated emissions curtailed by the new ferries will be substantial.

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