Caterpillar To Offer Marine Batteries, Shoreside Charging Solutions
Caterpillar Marine announced on November 28 that it has committed to creating marine class-certified batteries and shoreside charging solutions for the maritime industry. This development enables vessel operators to connect marine assets to shoreside energy supplies to reduce diesel fuel consumption.
Electrification solutions represent an important technological advancement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the difficult-to-abate maritime industry. Providing vessel operators the ability to employ battery power helps future-proof ships and optimize total cost of ownership, Caterpillar said in the announcement.
“Marine batteries and shoreside charging are key components to help lower emissions in the maritime industry,” said Brad Johnson, Caterpillar Marine vice president and general manager. “This offering supports our customers’ sustainability efforts and positively impacts the industry’s energy ecosystem.”
Caterpillar offers a suite of solutions that provide zero-exhaust emissions to support electrified powertrain solutions on vessels through its shoreside charging portfolio. These technologies ensure flexible options including solar PV and hydrogen and hydrogen blend gensets and charging stations that connect to the grid. This development leverages existing Caterpillar electrification innovations utilized in the resource and construction industries.