A contract won by Leclanché will see the company supply its advanced battery technology for two hybrid ferries being built at the CEMRE shipyard in Turkey for Scotland’s Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL).
Under the contract awarded by electrical systems integrator Elkon, Leclanché will deliver two Navius MRS-3 1.1MWh capacity battery storage systems, one for each vessel. The 95m roll-on, roll-off passenger (ro-pax) vessels are scheduled for completion in 2024 and 2025, and will serve the Islands of Islay and Jura in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides. The crossing between each port is expected to take just over two hours.
Leclanché’s lithium-ion battery installations will enable the ro-pax vessels to enter the island ports quietly and without creating any carbon emissions.
The vessels will have a 275-lane meter capacity for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) on the main deck and room for an additional 107 cars on both the main and hoistable decks.
“Leclanché has developed a well-deserved reputation for the quality of its marine battery systems and the safety of its liquid-cooled system architecture – both critical considerations for this important pair of CMAL projects,” said Özgür Arslancan, technology director at Elkon.
“We have been also very happy with the company’s accurate simulation that enabled to size the battery, its cooling system and to optimize the operation condition for a 10-year continuous service period.”
“Our Navius MRS-3 has become an industry standard for high-performance, decarbonized marine vessels,” said Phil Broad, CEO, Leclanché e-Mobility. “We’re excited by the large number of shipyards, vessel owners and integrators who have approached us during their design cycle and specification phase to better understand our approach to battery manufacturing. They are especially interested in the undeniable benefits of liquid cooling for longer lifecycle, low maintenance and the reduced footprint of MRS-3.”