When thinking of upgrading a boat’s electrical system there are some hassles to overcome first
With a complete switch to lithium batteries, there’s always the need to change the system electronics. While maintaining an existing lead-acid system and adapting it with new batteries ultimately leads to throwing out old ones to match the state of charge of the new ones. It seems that no matter what is chosen, one must bite the bullet. BOS batteries and their patented hybrid mode provide the solution.
When installing the LE300 or the BOS battery S the main problems of extending existing electrical systems can be avoided. Via true plug and play, the poles of the lithium battery are connected to the lead-acid battery, which works quickly, easily, and safely by circumventing any changes to the system electronics.
Old batteries can be kept and recharged to a sufficient state of charge since charging the lead-acid batteries is prioritised in the hybrid mode. Meanwhile, the lithium battery provides power to the loads on the boat.
Lithium for daily cycles and lead as a backup
During daily operations, it is the lithium battery that provides the power to loads on the boat, like the fridge, the air conditioner, or the lighting. In the case of significant load peaks, both batteries are accessed in parallel to cover the power needed. Since most of the power is being taken from the lithium battery, the lead-acid battery remains at a high state of charge and is thereby protected from sulphation. This is how the BOS lithium batteries can extend the lifespan of the lead battery by up to 10 years.
Lithium extension in under 60 seconds
What is attractive about the LE300 from BOS is that the entire electrical system can stay as it is; the modules are simply connected to the positive and negative poles of the lead battery (including AGM and gel). The true plug-and-play installation can quickly be done by most end-customers themselves, who then enjoy an immediate improvement for relatively little effort and investment. It is modular and easy to connect with further modules, each adding another 25.2 Ah of usable capacity.
BOS battery S
The team of BOS Balance of Storage Systems from southern Germany takes pride in manufacturing genuinely unique products. Their latest innovation – the DAME Award-nominated BOS battery S – is much more than an 80Ah battery. It is the key to numerous new applications and business models that yet are to be explored.
The new BOS battery S from BOS is a true innovation due to its exceptionally low weight, space efficiency and cold resistance. It has infinite communication options and smart software features. The solution is almost equally simple to install as the LE300 – however, system sizing should be done by professionals.
Other than with its smaller ’sister’, the hybrid mode is optional. For those who want to leave the lead battery for good, it can run as a pure lithium system on the lead charger. Or even combine with both, lead and LE300.
In hybrid mode, the BOS battery S can cater to bigger use cases like electric drives, either as a primary power supply or as support for the existing bank.
As an example, tourist boats in Amsterdam are getting too heavy due to the weight of more and more lead batteries. Whenever some of those batteries weaken, the entire bank needs to be replaced – a huge investment.
With BOS battery S, only the weak batteries must be taken out and can be replaced by the lighter lithium extension. Just as with the LE300, the BOS battery S will protect the lead bank for a longer lifespan. Big peak loads will still be drawn from the lead cells.
Moreover, the battery features a modularity that enables swappability between places and voltages. This mobile usability makes it possible to move the batteries whenever and wherever they are needed. Its electronic module is removable, and the lithium component can be taken along on a handle. It is possible to use one and the same module in a 12V hybrid setting on the boat, in a 24V installation in a vehicle, or as part of a 48V solar home system, moving back and forth. The modules can also be charged in a rack and used upon demand, like in a boat or battery rental. As a result, both the private and industrial sectors can implement and make use of the BOS battery S.
BOS Balance of storage Systems AG is an innovative developer and manufacturer of Lithium energy storage systems that are used in a variety of sectors: boating, industrial, recreational vehicles, and many more. The LE300 has proven to be a popular product in the boating sector. The Lithium extension battery is a space-efficient way to upgrade existing lead-acid battery systems. It is not only a success in boating but also in camping vehicles. Thanks to BOS AG’s cooperation with Europe’s biggest motorhome manufacturer Erwin Hymer Group, more than 80 000 modules have been sold to-date.
When founding the BOS AG in 2014, the main goal was to bring forth the power supply in emerging countries. This is how the company became an expert in the off-grid sector. Until this day, it remains an important activity within the business.
Taking sustainability seriously
“In all our endeavours, we focus on creating a circular economy by using lithium batteries for a second time, that would otherwise be discarded. Our pre-owned batteries are suitable for less demanding applications. Often enabling energy independence in social projects and developing countries,” explains CEO Benjamin Seckinger. “By designing them to be fully recyclable, we can drastically reduce the waste of the valuable resources used.”
This multi-use and multi-life approach is a core element of BOS’s circular economy strategy. The company has successfully participated in a program for the economy of the common good and is implementing more and more measurements into its product lifecycle and daily habits.
Now, the goal is to find partners who share BOS’s vision and are open to new ideas and business models.