Lithium-Ion Batteries to Power Ships | ASTM Standardization News



A new ASTM International standard provides guidelines for using lithium-ion batteries on ships. The organization’s ships and marine technology committee (F25) developed the standard (F3353).

ASTM International member Thane Gilman notes that the new standard was created primarily to support large lithium-ion battery installations, including those that may provide propulsion, ship’s service electrical power, and emergency power. 

“There is a substantial amount of technical information and guidance on traditional lead-acid battery installations but very little on lithium-ion batteries that could be used in the marine field,” says Gilman, senior mechanical engineer in the U.S. Coast Guard. “This standard was developed to help users recognize the differences between traditional battery installations and lithium-ion systems.”

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