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Nidec ASI s.a. and ZEM partner to deliver batteries to the maritime market

Press release

Roche La Molière France and Oslo, Norway

June 1 , 2017

The cooperation between the leading French battery storage system provider Nidec ASI s.a. and Norwegian maritime battery specialist ZEM AS resulted in another win to deliver batteries to an iconic ship.

ZEM announced that their battery solution has been chosen again by Brødrene Aa for the second ship in their unique line of carbon-fiber tourist vessels. The first ship, the “Vision of the Fjords won the “Ship of the year 2016”. This new ship will have a 1.8 MWh battery system - or twice the energy of the first one.

The two companies credited this success to their unique and exclusive partnership to deliver “combined Power and Energy” battery solutions, based on LG cells and modules, to the maritime market in the Nordic countries. To date, ZEM has already won six ships contracts for the jointly developed systems, based on this cooperation. .

“We have been extremely pleased with our cooperation with ZEM,” said Philippe Barallon, managing director of Nidec ASI. “ZEM has combined a deep battery expertise with an in-depth understanding of what the challenging maritime market requires. Expanding our partnership with ZEM will allow us to channel our long battery systems experience from large land based storage systems to the rapidly growing maritime market”.

“Our partnership with Nidec ASI s.a. has been key to our success,” said Jan-Olaf Willums, Chairman of ZEM.

Nidec ASI sa, the French subsidiary of Nidec ASI which is owned by Nidec Corporation, a € 10 billion/100’000 employee Japanese conglomerate, is a leader in delivering storage solutions for the European renewable sector.

“Nidec [France] integrated over 210 MWh’s of batteries into European grid systems of Germany, the UK and France last year alone. This is equivalent to the batteries in tens of Norwegian ferries. So we are delighted to strengthen our partnership with Nidec’s innovative and nimble team in France,” said Salman Farmanfarmaian, co-founder of ZEM.


Nidec ASI was renamed as such in 2012 when Nidec, a Japanese multinational corporation listed on the Japanese Stock Exchange, acquired Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali (ASI) SpA, an Italian based multinational tracing its roots back to 1853. The company is a provider of customized solutions for a range of industrial applications worldwide. Operating from offices in Italy, North America, France, Germany, Romania, the United Arab Emirates, Southeast Asia, Russia, China and Japan, its markets include petrochemical, energy, steel, marine, and industrial automation. Nidec ASI specializes in heavy-duty applications requiring high power and performance, including inverter and converter power electronics, industrial process control and automation, large electrical motors and generators. As of early 2016, Nidec ASI has a portfolio of orders worth about 400 million Euro, with an installed base on more than four continents.

With over 15 years experience with lithium Ion batteries, ZEM AS brings a knowledge driven approach to offering battery solutions to the maritime sector.

ZEM is proud to have received contracts to deliver the battery systems for 2016 ship of the Year, Vision of the Fjords, as well as a number of offshore supply vessels and ferries.

For more information please contact

NIDEC ASI : Ms. Federica Bianchettin +39 0481-717496 or

ZEM (Norway): Jan Olaf Willums: +47 93480111 or

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