Leclanché signs contract to supply battery systems for Twin CMAL Hybrid Ferries

Leclanché SA has won another major e-marine project having been selected to supply its advanced battery technology for two hybrid ferries being built for Scotland’s Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) at CEMRE shipyard in Turkey.

Elkon, part of the SCHOTTEL Group, a prominent electrical systems integrator for the marine industry based in Istanbul and operating throughout Europe, USA and China, has awarded Leclanché with the contract for two Navius MRS-3TM 1.1 MWh capacity battery storage systems. The roll-on, roll-off passenger vessels (RoPax) are being built by CEMRE shipyards – the same facility constructing the Scandlines PR24 project which is also using Leclanché’s battery technology.

The 95-meter-long diesel/hybrid propulsion vessels, scheduled for completion in 2024 and 2025, will serve the Islands of Islay and Jura, the most southerly of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides islands. The sailing time between the two ports is just over two hours. The advanced Leclanché lithium-ion batteries will enable the vessels to enter the ports quietly and carbon-free. The vessels will have a capacity of 275-lane meters for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) on the main deck and a total of 107 cars on both their 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 life cycle, low maintenance and the reduced footprint of MRS-3.”


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