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Published on May 16th, 2017 | by James Ayre


Leclanché Announces Launch Of Marine Rack System — Lithium-Ion Battery System For Electric Ferries

May 16th, 2017 by  

Leclanché SA has now launched its modular, lithium-ion electric ferry battery system onto the market.

The new system — dubbed the Leclanché Marine Rack System (MRS), and the first of its type to be approved by the international certification body DNV-GL under revised rules dating to October 2015 — will be used on the new “E-ferry” slated to launch in Denmark later this year.

Once launched, this E-ferry — to travel a route between the island Ærø and the Danish mainland — will represent the world’s biggest by battery capacity (it will be outfitted with a 4.3 megawatt-hour/MWh battery-pack).

Commenting on the new product launch, Leclanché CEO Anil Srivastava stated: “There is a huge opportunity for marine vessels across the world to reduce their harmful emissions and cut their operating costs by leveraging battery storage technology. This is why we developed the MRS and we are delighted that it is the world’s first such solution to receive type approval from DNV-GL. This certification opens up a very exciting and substantial global market for Leclanché.”

Green Car Congress provides more on the E-ferry slated to launch later this year in Denmark (using Leclanché’s battery system): “The E-ferry is a single ended, drive-through Ro-Ro passenger ferry with one continuous main deck for trailers and cars. Capacity is 31 cars or 5 trucks on open deck, with 147 passengers in winter and 198 passengers in summer. … The emission-free, passenger and car ferry will be able to sail a record 60 nautical miles (110 km) on a single charge. The E-ferry is an EU Horizon 2020 project, the EU’s €77-billion transport and energy research and innovation programme from 2014 to 2020.”

As a final note here, the new MRS battery system was reportedly designed primarily with safety in mind — which would figure when considering the dangers accompanying 4.3 MWh worth of lithium-ion battery capacity. To this end, the company reportedly passed around 20 DNV-GL certification process tests related to fires and other dangers.



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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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