Sterling PlanB and GRSE to boost hybrid, electric propulsion expertise in India

Sterling PlanB and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed increasing access to hybrid and fully electric propulsion and power solutions expertise throughout India.

Under the MoU, the companies will explore ways to leverage each other’s expertise in electric and hybrid propulsion for ships – and plan to undertake new design development.

‘We are very pleased to be selected by such a respected and important organisation,’ said Sterling PlanB CEO Brent Perry. ‘Their shipbuilding expertise in India is second to none. We look forward to working with GRSE to provide their team with strategic expertise in the practical application of energy storage solutions.’

Chairman and Managing Director of GRSE, Rear Admiral V K Saxena IN, added: ‘Ships transport about 80% of the world’s commodities and maritime transport is responsible for almost 2.5% of total greenhouse gas emissions. The challenge today is therefore to find effective solutions to move away from the use of fossil fuels. Energy storage devices are now finding effective utilisation in ferries and inland water transport.

He added: ‘As a leading shipbuilder in the country, GRSE looks forward to working with SPBES, which is a leader in providing niche energy storage technology to bring viable solutions for environmental-friendly transportation across the vast inland waterways of the country.’

As previously reported, last month, Sterling PlanB announced a sales partnership with MJR Power & Automation aimed at providing customers in the UK with its energy storage solutions for offshore and short sea vessels.

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry