Yinson invests in marine battery solutions pioneer SPBES
Yinson and SPBES initially collaborated on the design development of Hydroglyder - Yinson’s fully electric passenger craft with swappable batteries
Yinson, through Singapore-based subsidiary Yinson Venture Capital Pte Ltd, has invested in Sterling PBES Energy Solutions Ltd, a Canada-based energy storage solutions company working to lower or eliminate dependence on fossil fuels in marine and industrial applications.
In addition to the investment, YGT and SPBES have also entered into a binding Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with the intention to form a joint venture collaboration to accelerate the large-scale rollout of SPBES’ solutions within selected countries in Southeast Asia and beyond.
Yinson and SPBES initially collaborated on the design development of Hydroglyder - Yinson’s fully electric passenger craft with swappable batteries; then also became part of the Goal Zero consortium led by Seatech Solutions International Pte Ltd, which was awarded funding by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) in August 2021 to provide a fully electric harbour craft solution for the Port of Singapore.
Yinson Executive Vice President New Ventures and Technology, Eirik Barclay commented that the partnership would leverage Yinson’s strong presence in Southeast Asia to offer SPBES business solutions to marine, port and other industrial energy storage sectors, as well as to establish service and assembly hubs for energy storage and battery swap solutions.
“We believe that SPBES is equipped with high standards in marine energy storage system capabilities, including advanced technology and outstanding safety features. As a pioneer in this space, SPBES is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the marine decarbonisation initiatives taking place globally. Yinson is excited to support the expansion of this clean energy solution in the region.”
Eirik Barclay said that the partnership also aims to extend the technology to the non-maritime sectors which are centric to YGT’s electrification of mobility strategy.
Yinson Group Chief Strategy Officer, Daniel Bong highlighted that Yinson and SPBES share the same goal of delivering zero-emission solutions towards achieving a globally integrated, technologically advanced clean logistics ecosystem:
“Energy storage is key to the decarbonisation for the transport industry. This collaboration with SPBES aligns strategically with Yinson’s targeted approach for growing our green technologies business, where we leverage our existing strengths and focus on the geomarkets where we are currently active."