Renewable energy battery solutions ready for ships

Eco Marine Power (EMP) is pleased to announce that in co-operation with The Furukawa Battery Company of Japan, it is now able to offer a range of marine battery solutions for use on-board ships or for marine related applications such as offshore platforms & renewable energy projects. 

This range of high quality and long-life batteries from Furukawa Battery have also been accepted for use on classed vessels by ClassNK (Nippon Kaiji Kyokai) in addition to having been evaluated by EMP.

Three main battery types from Furukawa Battery will now be used by EMP as part of its Aquarius Marine Solar Power and Aquarius MAS + Solar solution packages. Details of these battery technologies are as follows:

FC38-12: FC38-12 VRLA (Valve Regulated Lead Acid) batteries are ideal for small marine solar power applications (i.e. up to around 5kWp) and can be supplied either as a battery pack set or as individual 12V units. A major advantage of the FC38-12 is that it’s relatively small size and light weight makes it ideal for installation into small (but ventilated) spaces on-board ships and other vessels.

FCP Series: Furukawa Cycle Power (FCP) series battery units are available in various configurations and are supplied complete with a modular design mounting rack for superior vibration resistance. The space saving design of the unit also reduces installation and maintenance time. FCP series batteries are ideally suited for renewable energy applications and their long life (approximately 15 years) and low maintenance requirements make them ideal for use on ships.

UB Series: The Ultra Battery (UB) series are the ideal solution for smart grid, wind power and solar power applications both on land and on ships. UB-50-12 batteries can be supplied as individual units or as a pack for use with an EMP marine solar power solution. Some key features of the UB Series are their long cycle life (approximately 4500 cycles for the UB-1000) and suppression of cathode sulfation. The UB series batteries are ideal for retrofit projects in addition to being suitable for new shipbuilding projects.

After exhibiting a range of battery technologies along with EMP at the Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam recently, Mr. Kodaka, General Manager, International Business Department at Furukawa Battery stated:

“There is now a range of batteries from Furukawa Battery that have received acceptance from ClassNK and these products are ideally suited for renewable energy applications on ships and for offshore platforms. We look forward to working with Eco Marine Power to promote our battery technologies and expand our market share for energy storage in the shipping and maritime sectors.”

In addition to supplying batteries and marine solar power solutions, EMP is also able to provide a range of services including marine renewable energy audits, system design and consulting services.

For further details regarding the range of batteries available from The Furukawa Battery Company please see: EMP Energy Storage Solutions

About Furukawa Battery

The Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of storage batteries and electrical machinery in Japan and internationally. Furukawa Battery products include batteries for use in cars, motorcycles, electric vehicles, trains, aircraft, telecommunications, ships, spacecraft and renewable energy applications.

Furukawa Battery was established in 1950 and it addition to its head office in Yokohoma the company has a number of manufacturing facilities located both in Japan and in S.E. Asia.

The Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd. has been certified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality standards.

For more information please visit the Furukawa Battery website:

About Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) is an internationally focused technology company that develops renewable energy based fuel saving and emission reduction solutions for ships including passenger ferries, survey ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies include the EnergySail®, Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) System and Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS).

EMP also develops sustainable ship concepts that incorporate the latest renewable energy technologies and is currently working on a number of design projects including Aquarius Eco Ship and Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). The company is based in Fukuoka, Japan.

To read more about Eco Marine Power please visit:

Media Contacts
Mayu Yamauchi (Furukawa Battery)
Phone: +81 45 336 5063

Greg Atkinson (Eco Marine Power)
Phone: +81 92 287 9677


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