Saft is already providing modern systems Lithium-ion Imtech Marine, one of the largest suppliers in maritime technology.
Saft, specializing in design and manufacture of advanced technology batteries for industry company, achieved its first contract with Imtech Marine, one of the largest suppliers in maritime technology, to launch the new hybrid ferry CMAL in Scotland.
The contract was signed in April 2015 for two sets of lithium-ion Seanergy that will provide a total of 800 kWh energy storage. Deliveries began in July and is scheduled finish them in December.
The two Seanergy Saft batteries are installed in the heart of the system of diesel-electric hybrid propulsion and energy storage system “Hybrid III” management, the ferry ‘Roll On Roll Off’ (RORO) for passengers and vehicles designed for use short crossing routes in Scotland, specifically between Clyde and Hebrides.
The new ferry, currently under construction by Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd. CMAL (Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd), is the third hybrid boat from Scotland when it enters service in autumn 2016, carrying 150 passengers and 23 cars and two trucks (heavy vehicles).
The project is being funded by the Scottish government to help meet the target set in its Climate Change Plan to reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector, at least 20% by 2020.
The electric ferry will have a service speed of nine knots and through the use of electricity and diesel fuel consumption will be significantly lower than a conventional ferry, causing the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are less than one-fifth the normal.
Seanergy the two systems, which store a total of 800 kWh of energy can power the boat only with the battery as well as in hybrid mode combined with a diesel generator. The batteries are charged during the night while the ferry is in port.
“Interest in hybrid propulsion is growing rapidly in the maritime sector as owners and operators are under pressure to meet targets more stringent energy efficiency. This contract for a ferry service in Scotland is the confirmation that the technology of Lithium-ion Saft delivers reliable performance and a fully commercialized for hybrid drive even in larger boats “says Jayesh solution Vir, Key Account Manager for the maritime sector Saft.