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New partnership sets sights on hybrid propulsion opportunities in UK offshore sector

Industrial energy storage experts, Sterling PlanB (SPBES), and technical sales and service company MJR Power & Automation have announced a new partnership agreement aimed at expanding access to purpose-designed energy storage solutions to UK-based customers in marine markets. Together, they increase access to hybrid and fully electric propulsion and power solutions throughout the sector.

The partnership comes when increasing pressure from the IMO to achieve regulations targets means that many marine companies are rapidly adjusting their operations to reduce tier 1, 2, and 3 emissions. The recent push to establish greater, more sustainable offshore sector services in the UK, and growing offshore wind means that many offshore vessel operators are looking to low carbon energy storage solutions.

Under the new partnership, MJR Power & Automation will provide customers in the UK with Canada-based Sterling PlanB’s energy storage solutions for offshore and short sea vessels, supporting the drive not only for fuel- and cost-saving operations, but a more sustainable long-term solution to meet emissions reduction targets.

“We are delighted to have formed this sales and service partnership with Paul Cairns and his team at MJR Power & Automation. There is no better partner in the UK to distribute, integrate and service Sterling PlanB energy storage solutions,” said Paul Hughes, President of Sterling PlanB. “Their broad multi-market reach coupled with their in-depth experience with delivery of marine power conversion packages, an exceptional reputation for customer service and a long list of satisfied customers makes MJR Power & Automation an ideal partner to develop this most important market.”

Sterling PlanB’s energy storage systems are engineered to high standards of performance and safety, and are designed specifically to integrate with any electrical infrastructure, delivering significant operational and efficiency benefits for vessels running on electric or hybrid power. The system is claimed to be the only lithium energy storage system third-party verified to fully prevent thermal runaway.

Paul Cairns, Managing Director of MJR Power & Automation said, “this partnership provides a unique avenue for MJR to grow its business in clean technology with world-class energy storage products and the exemplary service that we are already known for. We are proud to add the Sterling PlanB product line to our portfolio.”