Siemens Energy Italy S.r.l. has selected Leclanché SA (SIX: LECN) to provide its advanced battery storage systems for two hybrid megayachts being built by Sanlorenzo S. p. a., a premier builder of custom, high-quality motor yachts since 1958.
Leclanché, the energy storage solutions companies, is one of the most experienced manufacturers of battery systems for all-electric and hybrid marine vessels. The company’s MRS-2 (Marine Rack System) is currently powering a broad range of ferries, container ships and specialty vessels on several continents. Leclanché’s new Navius MRS-3TM is achieving wide industry acceptance having already been selected for several high-profile contracts.
Leclanché will be supplying two liquid-cooled battery systems with a total energy of 2.5 MWh for two projects over the next two years – all being built in Sanlorenzo’s shipyard in La Spezia, a port city in Liguria, Italy. The first, for a 58-meter luxury yacht, will be a 988 kWh MRS-2 system to be delivered in 2023. The next 1,498 kWh system will utilise Leclanché’s Navius MRS-3 system and will be installed in a 72-meter megayacht in 2024 based on the vessels’ construction schedules.
“Leclanché’s battery technology will be integrated in the Siemens Energy BlueDrive Eco diesel electric propulsion system, providing reliable and silent back-up energy for the latest generation of Sanlorenzo’s luxury megayachts,” said Guillaume Clément, VP eMarine, Leclanché. “We’re proud to be selected by Siemens Energy Italy for these projects following three prior e-ferry collaborations. In addition, everyone in the luxury yacht market knows the Sanlorenzo brand – it is the pre-eminent builder of high-end, bespoke yachts and it is a privilege to collaborate with them on these new projects.”
The contracts with Siemens Energy Italy enable Leclanché to expand its presence in the global yacht market, a segment expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 11% between 2023 and 2027 according to market research provider Technavio™. The European market is expected to account for more than a third (34%) of the market’s growth – especially in the U.K. and Germany.
“Our battery systems, which are designed specifically for the maritime industry, enjoy an outstanding reputation for safety and reliability. Our latest Navius MRS-3 system is perfectly suited to megayacht and superyacht projects thanks to its compact footprint and low weight ratio,” said Phil Broad, CEO, Leclanché E-Mobility. “The growing demand for battery systems, all produced with our European-made cells and modules, has resulted in a significant backlog and highly visible wins throughout the maritime market.”
“Decarbonising marine transport is both important and complex,” said Paolo Menotti, Vice President of Siemens Energy South West Europe. “When it comes to superyachts, there is no one size fits all. That’s why we offer tailor-made systems and, in this case, we developed a propulsion solution with Leclanché technologies, making vessels environmentally friendly and economically efficient.”