Leclanch outfit MS Jungfrau, the first hybrid boat on Lake Brienz, Switzerland


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Leclanché equips MS Jungfrau, the first hybrid boat on Lake Brienz, Switzerland

Leclanché equips MS Jungfrau, the first hybrid boat on Lake Brienz, Switzerland

The MS Jungfrau, one of the flagships of the BLS tourist fleet, has been converted into a hybrid ship with diesel and electric propulsion

– Leclanché powered the exclusive battery system with 168 kWh of energy, allowing 30 minutes of operation in electric propulsion only and charging on site or at port

– This project comes in addition to the orders for two hybrid ships for the CGN (Lake Geneva)

– With its secure systems that meet the most demanding certifications, Leclanché is a pioneer in the electrification of the global maritime fleet and its transition to sustainability

YVERDON-LES-BAINS, Switzerland, 19th January 2022 – Leclanché SA (SIX: LECN), one of the world’s leading providers of energy storage solutions, announces that it is supplying the battery system for the MS Jungfrau, the flagship of the BLS tourist fleet on Lake Brienz, Switzerland. Built in 1954 and carrying 700 passengers, the MS Jungfrau has been completely modernized and equipped with a hybrid electric and diesel propulsion system.

Leclanché’s lithium-ion battery system, consisting of two sets of 12 16s2p modules fitted with 60Ah G/NMC cells, powers various electrical parts of the ship (engine, lights, galley, etc.) each according to need and selection the crew. The autonomy of the battery system is 30 minutes in 100% electric propulsion and up to 10.5 hours in hybrid mode with the possibility of recharging while running. The full charging time of the batteries during the night at the port is less than 90 minutes. The MS Jungfrau Hybrid operates between Interlaken-Ost and Brienz.

Thanks to the batteries supplied by Leclanché, the BLS estimates that the MS Jungfrau will reduce its annual diesel consumption by 12,000 liters and emit 30 tons of CO2 less, equivalent to the emissions of 15 cars per year.

Exclusive and certified system for the electrification of commercial shipping

This complete modernization of the cruise ship, which is now equipped with a modern propulsion system that limits the use of fossil fuels, confirms Leclanché’s pioneering role in the electrification of global merchant shipping. In Switzerland, Leclanché will outfit two new hybrid boats ordered by the CGN company for cross-border transport between Switzerland and France on Lake Geneva.

Powered by the company’s proprietary lithium-ion batteries, Leclanché’s Marine Rack System was specifically designed for the marine industry. It has the potential to reduce ships’ fossil fuel consumption by an average of 20% (and up to 100% for all-electric ships), significantly reducing NOx and fine dust emissions and offers unparalleled ease of use and operation. Tested to withstand extreme loads, it guarantees maximum safety and total waterproofness.

In its fast-growing eTransport Solutions business, Leclanché is the supplier of choice for several leading shipping companies, helping to adapt the merchant fleet to the new port concept and berth regulations and drastically reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Leclanché battery systems are used on several all-electric and hybrid transport vessels, including Ellen, the world’s most powerful all-electric ferry, operating in Denmark, and on merchant ships made by Italian company Grimaldi, manufactured by Norwegian shipbuilder Kongsberg. The first of nine ships ordered by Grimaldi is already in operation.

Leclanché battery systems use high-energy G-NMC lithium-ion cells with unique safety features, including a dual-cell laminate design and ceramic separators. Leclanché specifically designs and manufactures Class Type Approved and Certified Marine Rack Systems, including fire protection and suppression systems. Leclanché designs and manufactures its own Graphite/NMC (Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide) and LTO (Lithium Titanate Oxide) batteries.

Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché, said: “We are proud to have been involved in the renovation of the MS Jungfrau, a tourist landmark in Switzerland, the country of origin of our company. This choice confirms the quality and reliability of Leclanché’s battery systems and its pioneering role in transforming maritime transport into environmentally friendly propulsion.”

Claude Merlach, Director of BLS Navigation, said: “We are very pleased that we can now glide silently across the lake for 30 minutes with the MS Jungfrau. As a result, our passengers can experience the lake and the Alpine panorama even more calmly and relaxed, making a valuable contribution to our environment and the goals of the federal government’s Energy Strategy 2050.”


About Leclanché

Headquartered in Switzerland, Leclanché SA is a leading provider of high quality energy storage solutions designed to accelerate our progress towards a clean energy future. Leclanché’s history and heritage is rooted in over 100 years of battery and energy storage innovation, and the company is a trusted provider of energy storage solutions worldwide. This, coupled with the corporate culture of German engineering and Swiss precision and quality, continues to make Leclanché the partner of choice for disruptors, established companies and governments that are leading the way in making positive changes in the way energy is produced around the world , distributed and consumed. The energy transition is primarily driven by changes in the management of our power grids and the electrification of transport, and these two end markets form the backbone of our strategy and business model. Leclanché is at the heart of the convergence of transport electrification and changes in the distribution network. Leclanché is the only publicly traded pure-play energy storage company in the world organized into three business units: Stationary Storage Solutions, E-Transportation Solutions and Specialty Battery Systems. Leclanché is listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX: LECN).

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