In an interview Wrightsman commented that maritime
battery applications, indeed, have reached an off-the-shelf
status, but he still characterized the U.S. market as “pilot
scale”, at least compared to European and Asian markets.
Wrightsman said that the battery supply chain presents
challenges. Lithium costs have increased, and future demand
will add pricing pressures. Raw materials are available
today, but he expects supply risks by 2030. “If you
don’t change anything,” he noted, with particular reference
to the U.S. regulatory process, “we run risks of shortages.
We need domestic production.”