DNV GL Type Approval for XPAND Battery System
By Aiswarya Lakshmi
June 27, 2018
U.S. manufacturer of lithium-ion cells and battery systems XALT Energy’s XPAND Battery system has been certified as acceptable for installation on all marine vessels classified by DNV GL.
According to a press release from the company, XPAND Battery System has been demonstrated to comply with DNV GL rules for Classification of Ships, Offshore Units, and High Speed and Light Craft, and was therefore granted Type Approval Certificate TAE00002YC. The certification includes XALT Energy’s XMP71P-based systems, including XALT’s Battery Management System (BMS).
“The XPAND Battery System flawlessly completed all required tests including the new 2018 forced thermal runaway passive propagation requirement,” said Martin Klein, Senior Vice President of Engineering for XALT Energy, “with no active safety systems required. This makes it compliant with Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) Propagation Test 1.”
“This Type Approval is an important milestone for both XALT Energy and the marine electrification market,” Klein said. “The XMP71P-based system, already deployed worldwide on many commercial transit buses and heavy-duty trucks, can now be used on virtually any application requiring exceptional safety, durability, and performance,”
The XPAND Battery Systems use XALT’s pouch format lithium-ion cells, including high-power, high-energy, and ultra-high-energy versions, providing a wide range of performance capabilities to meet specific operational demands. XPAND Systems are controlled by XALT’s proprietary BMS, which is included in the Type Approval Certificate.
“XALT Energy is the battery developer of choice for global OEMs, and integrators,” said Richard Cundiff, CEO of XALT Energy. “With this Type Approval, and the simultaneous launch this week of our XRS XPAND Rack System at the Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo, we are demonstrating to the markets we deliver industry-leading solutions to power marine vessels of all types.”