Caterpillar Marine is to develop marine class-certified batteries and shoreside charging solutions.
The systems will enable vessel operators to connect vessels to shoreside energy supplies to reduce diesel fuel consumption.
“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.”
The news follows an announcement that Caterpillar is to embark on a three-year programme to demonstrate an advanced hydrogen-hybrid power solution built on its new Cat C13D engine platform.
Starting in 2024, Caterpillar will develop a transient-capable system for off-highway applications, demonstrating how state-of-the-art control systems and electric-hybrid components can help hydrogen-fuelled engines meet or exceed the power density and transient performance of traditional diesel engines.
Caterpillar will serve as the prime contractor on the project, providing engine research and development as well as system integration.
As the project progresses, other industry and academic collaborators will be brought into the program to provide additional specialist expertise.