New guidance examines potential of battery technologies in shipping


United StatesABS’s latest sustainability technology guidance examines the potential of emerging battery technologies to contribute to the decarbonization of shipping.

Emerging Battery Technologies in the Maritime Industry examines the various technologies relevant to maritime applications, weighing the benefits and drawbacks of each and comparing their maturity to today’s lithium-ion batteries. Metal-Air, Redox Flow, Ammonia, and Solid-State batteries are among the technologies covered.

Hybrid battery systems have the potential to significantly reduce vessel emissions; however, in order for such systems to be effective, efficient and sustainable battery technologies must be used to provide the necessary power. Depending on the needs of the vessel, improved battery technology can not only meet power requirements but also enable the use of renewable energy, potentially lowering emissions even further.

“As hybrid and all-electric vessels become more common as a means of reducing emissions, improved battery technology will be a requirement to ensure efficient and effective operation of environmentally safe systems. With so many developing technologies relying on a high-power, high-energy source of electricity, it is imperative that new battery technologies are developed and implemented. This overview is a practical demonstration of how ABS is committed to supporting the safe adoption of these emerging technologies,” said Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Engineering and Technology.