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New Nidec ASI batteries launched on the market for zero-emission vessels

Nidec ASI – head of the Nidec Industrial Solutions business platform belonging to the Nidec Group – has just presented its very first Nidec-brand battery system designed for large and medium-sized boat propulsion systems at the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam. These systems make it possible to completely eliminate polluting emissions at sea and in all bodies of water throughout the world, guaranteeing safe and ecological boating.

Thanks to our experience gained along the entire energy supply chain as a system integrator, with over 600 MWh of battery energy storage solutions (BESS) installed all over the world, and in the marine sector with our customized electric boating propulsion and on-board power generation systems, Nidec ASI has been able to develop this new solution to complete the range of on-board energy storage products on offer.

The innovative batteries launched by Nidec ASI differ from those currently available on the market thanks to a number of technological features including the "Single Large String", a large module which is better suited to making up large battery packs and significantly simplifying system set-up.

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In addition to offering greater battery efficiency, durability, safety and performance, the "Single Large String" will also make it possible to reduce the number of modules in each battery pack and the number of DC/DC & DC/AC converters. This will simplify wiring and installation on different types of vessels and facilitate the use of hybrid propulsion systems with clear benefits in terms of weight and volume reduction while also allowing greater flexibility in naval architecture.

Also for this solution, Nidec ASI focuses on safety. In fact, the batteries are fitted with control systems on each individual cell and detectors to quickly identify any signs of degeneration.

"Presenting this innovative solution once again places us among the forerunners at the helm of a more sustainable development model, committed to offering innovations for transporting people and goods based on the use of renewable energy sources and a reduction in pollutant emissions.  The Marine industry can play an essential role in this progress, converting to electric boating which cannot be separated from the spread in new-generation storage systems. Hence our decision to present our first Nidec ASI battery system, which responds to the growing demand for cutting-edge solutions," said Dominique Llonch, CEO of Nidec ASI and Chairman of Nidec Industrial Solutions.

The new Nidec batteries, together with customized solutions developed for other sectors, such as the Ultra Fast Charger for quickly recharging electric vehicles launched last year, represent another important step forward in our corporate strategy which aims to be a leading player in the process of energy transition and the affirmation of sustainable mobility.

Nidec Industrial Solutions (NIS), the industrial platform of the Nidec group, offers complete electrical systems and brings together the products and services of Nidec ASI, Avtron Industrial Automation, Nidec Industrial Automation and Motortecnica. It offers customised solutions throughout the world for a wide range of industrial applications. Its reference markets are oil and gas, traditional and renewable energy, steel, naval and industrial automation markets. The multinational is specialised in heavy duty applications in which high power and high performance are key: electric motors and generators up to 65 MW of power (87,000 HP); power electronics inverters and converters; automation and software for industrial processes; retrofitting of power plants and hydroelectric generators; integrated systems for the production of electrical energy from renewable sources and their stabilisation in connecting to the national grid. Following the acquisition of the Motors, Drives and Electric Power Generation divisions of Emerson Electric Co., Nidec ASI has also made further improvements to its industrial and commercial activities, integrating the medium and low power drives into the overall range offered by Nidec. Thanks to the acquisitions of Control Techniques and Leroy-Somer, part of Nidec Corporation Group since 1 February 2017, it is able to offer technologies optimised for the control of motors and to develop automation solutions for specific applications, tailored to the needs of the client to provide a flexible response to each requirement.