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Grimaldi bets on lithium batteries for its new dual-fuel propulsion system

Date: 14/06/2017

The shipping company will implement the new system by the end of the year on a total of 10 vessels.

 

Numerous shipowners are now faced with the difficult decision between the use of marine gas oil or liquefied natural gas, among other options, in order to reduce their emissions to the standards required by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

However, the Grimaldi Group, which currently has a fleet of 120 ro-ro ships, is betting on an unexplored solution to date. It is  dual-fuel electric propulsion , which is presented as an alternative to gas. 

In this sense, from the shipping company indicate that there is a potential risk of unavailability of this fuel in the market, which is also subject to fluctuations in price. They also point out that at this time many countries do not have an adequate system of infrastructures for bunkering , as in Italy.

For this reason, a team specialized in energy saving has been working to find an innovative proposal, based on the use of lithium batteries that can be recharged during navigation.

Months ago, they began a fully self-funded research, which is already in the last phase, and determined that emissions could be reduced by 50%. Therefore , the dual-fuel system will be implemented before the end of the year in a total of 10 vessels.

 

Source: cadenadesuministro

 
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