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Norwegian Maritime Industry Group and U.S. Battery Assocation Sign Cooperation Agreement

A Norwegian maritime trade group and the U.S. advanced battery trade association have signed an agreement to explore the use of advanced batteries in maritime applications in order to reduce emissions in the shipping industry.

PRLog - Oct. 9, 2012 - CHICAGO -- The U.S. National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (“NAATBatt”) and the Norwegian maritime industrial cluster, Maritime CleanTech West (MCTW), have entered into an agreement of cooperation to foster the development of advanced battery technology for use in the maritime sector.

Energy storage and battery technology are expected to play an important role in reducing the environmental impact of shipping.  MCTW is involved in several zero-emissions projects within the maritime sector, where advanced energy storage technology is being used. NAATBatt believes that one of the most important near-term opportunities for the advanced battery industry lies in servicing maritime applications. A goal of the cooperative effort is to get battery manufacturers more focused on maritime applications, for this market can expand the available market for large-format advanced battery manufacturers.

“With this agreement of cooperation between our two network organizations, we can bring new developments in battery and ship technology to each other’s attention to foster collaborative efforts,” says Mrs Hege Økland, project manager of MCTW.  She adds that early notification of new developments can often lead to substantially reduced implementation timeframes.

NAATBatt and MCTW intend to share their business networks and to explore the development of educational programing highlighting the uses and advantages of advanced batteries in maritime applications.

“We are both excited about the possibilities for creating new concepts in the maritime sector which reduce harmful emissions by using advanced energy storage technology,” says Mr James Greenberger, Excecutive Director of NAATBatt and Mrs Hege Økland, Project Manager of Maritime CleanTech West.

Information about the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries:

The National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (“NAATBatt”) is a not-for-profit trade association of advanced battery manufacturers and their supply chain partners dedicated to promoting the manufacture of large format advanced batteries in the United States for use in transportation and grid-supporting electricity storage applications. Members include advanced battery and electrode manufacturers, materials suppliers, vehicle makers, electric utilities, equipment vendors, power engineering firms, universities, and national laboratories.

Information about Maritime CleanTech West:

Maritime CleanTech West (MCTW) is a cluster of maritime industry actors in the south-west of Norway. The cluster is involved in work on energy efficiency, environmentally-friendly shipping and engine solutions, as well as new and greener forms of energy production. The MCTW-cluster is involved in R&D-projects where energy storage and battery technology are important parts of the project. MCTW is part of Innovation Norway’s Arena-program, which supports long-term business and enterprise development.

For more information – contact information:

Mrs Hege Økland, phone: + 47 957 53 695, email: hege.okland@snu.as

Mr James Greenberger, phone: 1 312 588 0488 x1, email: jgreenberger@naatbatt.org

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