The Great Debate
With myriad battery technologies currently available on the market, industry experts put forward the chemistry they think will emerge as the dominant solution for electric and hybrid marine applications in the next 10 years.
Our own Paul Krueger, vice president of engineering, weighs in for the Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International Oct 2017 edition.
Lithium iron phosphate (LFP) and nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) chemistries have already successfully scaled for electric and hybrid marine applications. NMC may be considered for those applications where space is limited and energy density is paramount, while LFP will be the chosen technology for larger energy storage systems. LFP already has a track record of two of the attributes the marine industry cares about most: safety and longevity. As the size of the battery system grows, so does the importance of safety. For over a decade, large format LFP battery systems have been deployed in a variety of industrial applications, proving their durability in systems from 100-500kWh.