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Wednesday, September 8, 2021 

Following closely behind Wärtsilä's introduction of a swappable containerised batter pack, ABB has responded to rapidly rising demand for low and zero emissions by developing its own Containerized ESS, described as a complete, plug-in solution to install sustainable marine energy storage at scale, housed in a 20ft high-cube ISO container and ready to integrate with the vessel’s main power distribution system.

The Containerized ESS has all batteries, converters, transformer, controls, cooling and auxiliary equipment pre-assembled in the self-contained unit for ‘plug and play’ use.

Jyri Jusslin, Head of Service, ABB Marine & Ports, said: “Fuel savings, lower emissions and increased safety during operation and maintenance are the demand drivers for energy storage systems in the newbuild ship market, where ABB has extensive experience. With Containerized ESS, we are delighted to be able to offer these benefits to owners of existing ships with a one-stop retrofit solution.

The Containerized ESS is suitable for integration on board a variety of ships. Offshore support vessels, for instance, are thought to benefit from a self-contained solution, as the electrical room space on board is especially limited. Flexible and cost-effective energy storage system technology would be relevant to container ships, ferries, drill ships and other vessel types.

“The Containerized ESS expands integration options across multiple types of ships and delivers a solution that can be fully serviced from outside the unit for enhanced safety. Knowing that there is a simple way to integrate an energy storage system could be the extra encouragement needed for owners to consider incorporating batteries for vessel efficiency and, especially, for sustainable power,” said Jusslin.

The Containerized ESS is believed to offer one of the highest energy densities in the market within a 20ft container, offering a standardised installation, which enables lower cost and faster delivery. The system has been developed in answer to shipowners’ demands to retrofit vessel power distribution systems and add a battery of significant capacity. The pre-assembled and factory-tested equipment and cabling make the Containerized ESS solution easy to integrate with all vessel sub-systems. It is supported by the ABB Ability Marine Remote Diagnostics System, which offers continuous monitoring for preventive maintenance and simplified system repair.

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