Battery for Electric Ship LG Chem Expands Business Areas from Electric Vehicle to Electric Ship

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Viking, Eidesvik's Hybrid supply vessel, sports battery made by LG Chem
Viking, Eidesvik's Hybrid supply vessel, sports battery made by LG Chem
19 April 2016 - 10:30am
Jung Min-hee
LG Chem, the world's leading manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries, has signed a contract with a global energy firm specializing in hybrid ships to supply its batteries, accelerating the market dominance.
According to industry sources on Apr. 18, the company signed the supply deal for maritime hybrid batteries with Canada-based energy firm Corvus Energy at the end of last month.
Corvus Energy, which installs and manages the hybrid marine energy storage systems (ESS), has provided a total of 30MW lithium ion battery energy storage for vessels up to now. An official from Corvus Energy said, “Until now, we have installed our ESS in 50 ships across the world and we are planning to unveil ships with LG Chem’s lithium-ion batteries by the end of this year.”
A hybrid vessel combines traditional diesel power with electric battery power. It generally consumes fossil fuels but uses an automatic positioning control, low-speed sailing system at ports and electric battery during the standby status in order to endure rough seas. As shipbuilding and shipping businesses are seeing the rapid increase in the fossil fuel costs due to increasingly stronger environment regulations, they are paying attention to hybrid ships as their alternatives. Corvus Energy attracted large investments from Statoil, the state-run oil and gas company in Norway, last year.
LG Chem was selected as the supplier of lithium-ion battery to a platform supply vessel “Viking Queen” with 650 kWh energy storage system of Eidesvik Offshore last year, advancing to the electric ship market. In fact, Viking Queen equipped with a battery of LG Chem has saved fuel costs through hybrid system application by 18% and reduced CO2 and NOx by 25%. 
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Cost Saving Fuel Switching Feature to be Made Available on New Hybrid Marine Engines

Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (WinGD) has announced that a cost saving fuel switching function will be made available on its X-DF engines later this year, allowing operators "broad flexibility" to use both liquid and gaseous bunkers simultaneously.
The news came as part of WinGD's announcement that the company, along withDoosan Engine Co., Ltd (Doosan), Monday completed a demonstration of the first low-speed low-pressure Wärtsilä 6-cylinder X62DF engine in a commercial application, highlighting potential cost benefits of utilising the X-DF technology with low-pressure gas admission.
WinGD is a Chinese majority owned joint-venture with Wärtsilä.
"Reductions in capital expenditure (CAPEX) of 15 to 20 percent are possible compared to other low-speed dual-fuel engine technology, as validated on the new 180,000 cbm LNG carriers," said WinGD.
Reductions in capital expenditure (CAPEX) of 15 to 20 percent are possible compared to other low-speed dual-fuel engine technology.
Winterthur Gas & Diesel
"This results from the substantially simpler and lower cost LNG fuel gas handling system needed for gas admission at pressure below 16 bar."
The demonstration and launch event is said to have taken place at Doosan's works inChangwon, Korea, and showed the W6X62DF operating in numerous load and fueling conditions, as well as the validation of its engine control features, tuning, economy, and emissions.
The W6X62DF engine, which is said to have been the first X-DF engine sold for use in the new generation of very large LNG carriers, is compliant with Tier III NOx Emissions regulations when in gas mode.
Doosan is said to be completing a testing phase before the engine is delivered, one of two intended for the first of two 180,000 cbm LNG carriers under construction at Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd (SHI) in Korea for SK Shipping Co., Ltd and Marubeni Corporation.
On Monday, MAN Diesel & Turbo SE said it estimates that design updates to tankers and bulk carriers to accommodate even larger propellers, in conjunction with even lower speed engines, should give bunker savings of some 4-7 percent along with a similar reduction in CO2 emissions.