Samsung Heavy Unveils Korea’s 1st Marine Battery System

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has further enhanced its technological competitiveness in the eco-friendly vessel market with the development of Korea’s first marine battery system.

The shipbuilder received a type approval certificate from DNV-GL for the first time as a South Korean producer for marine lithium ion battery system, which was jointly developed with Samsung SDI.

The type approval certification enables the company to produce a lithium ion battery system at a reasonable price at home, instead of using costly lithium ion battey systems predominantly supplied by large-scale equipment makers in Northern Europe where environment regulations are stricter.

The lithium ion battery system, which reduces fuel consumption of generators by optimally controlling and managing on-board generators and power load, is an eco-friendly technology that enables reductions in emissions of pollutant substances and in operating costs as well, SHI explained.

“As the global demand for environmentally friendly technologies is higher than ever, there is a growing trend in the application of battery systems as efficient auxiliary power units for large-scale commercial ships and offshore units,” the shipbuilder said.

“By securing the battery system technoogy applicable to all types of vessels, SHI will take the advantageous position in the competition for orders for vessels,” Shim, Yong-Lae, Vice President of SHI Ship & Offshore Research Institute, said.

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