MTU builds partnership with AKASOL for battery systems

(DARMSTADT, Germany) — MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of large diesel engines and complete propulsion systems, has formed a close development partnership with Darmstadt-based AKASOL GmbH. The company is a subsidiary of Schulz Group (Tettnang) and one of the leading manufacturers of Li-ion battery systems for high performance applications. The partnership is aimed to develop and deliver battery systems for MTU’s hybrid and e-drive propulsion systems for marine, rail and industrial applications.

With the help of AKASOL battery systems, MTU, a company of the Rolls-Royce concern, aims to extend its current product range with hybrid propulsion systems for mobile applications in the marine, heavy duty ground vehicles and rail sector. In the near future, AKASOL systems will be used in stationary industrial drives as well.

“I am very pleased that with MTU we have found an expert partner and one of the world’s most important manufacturers of propulsion systems. This partnership gives us completely new opportunities to further the development of high-performance lithium-ion battery systems. For us, this is a quantum leap," said Lothar Holder, executive managing director of AKASOL, in the course of the publication of the cooperation agreement.

"Since our companies already cooperate together for several years, we are very pleased and looking forward to a closer cooperation between MTU Friedrichshafen and AKASOL. Energy storage for hybrid propulsion of off-highway applications enlarges our system expertise to another fundamental component for the future. Together with our partner we are able to perform as a supplier for complete systems," said Christos Ramnialis, executive vice president of sales, service and network at MTU Friedrichshafen.

AKASOL develops mobile and stationary high-performance battery systems. Fields of the multiple award-winning storage solutions are the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, off-highway industry, solar power industry and wind power.

By Professional Mariner Staff