New design Lithium batteries are rapidly becoming the norm in marine installations

Energy Solutions has long been at the forefront of lithium technology Energy Solutions has long been at the forefront of lithium technology
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The advantages of using lithium-based cells in modern marine power systems have been well proven over the past decade.

But now innovative cell design and a drop in costs has made lithium power banks a must have in on-board electrical system design.

UK marine energy company, Energy Solutions, has long been at the forefront of lithium technology and development and offers a range of modern solutions for obtaining the highest efficiencies currently available.

“Apart from being lighter,lLithium batteries offer a much higher density of energy and life cycle compared to most lead acid batteries,” explained MD, Paul Holland. 

Lithium-based batteries are available in numerous guises, the most common being Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4), which is inherently safe and offer a long life in the typical constant cycle situations found on board a sea-going vessel.

Other advantages over standard lead-acid batteries are that they retain their charge much longer if left idle and they offer a much improved charge efficiency over lead-acid cells.

Newer designs are now becoming available however, often incorporating the element Cobalt.

“Lithium Cobalt batteries provide a higher energy density than other Lithium batteries, but can sometimes present a safety risk if damaged," said Mr Holland.

Whereas a mix of Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (LiNiMnCoO2), or NMC batteries as they are commonly called, offers a lower energy density than straight Lithium Cobalt, but a longer life and greater safety.”  

Energy Solutions will exhibit some of the latest batteries at METSTRADE on stand 3.221.

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