Battery tech interest propels industry towards hybrid future

Ian Ebden

Ian Ebden · 18 November 2016


Corvus Energy are currently riding a tidal wave of success when it comes to industry adopting their marine battery technology. The new, next-generation ORCA Energy Storage System (ESS) product line was specifically designed for hybrid and all-electric maritime applications. The Orca ESS solutions portfolio was built based on the experience from 50+ vessels utilising a Corvus ESS, totalling over 35MWh and 1 million operating hours. Having launched the ORCA Energy Storage System (ESS) in June this year, the company has since celebrated orders from Wight Link (a UK ferry operator) and fish farm vessel operators Grovfjord Mek Verksted AS (GMV). They also rejoiced at the technology sailing through tough safety and reliability tests and also welcomed a sizeable injection of funding from the Canadian government. The electric innovators then celebrated General Electric choosing to integrate their ESS with their solutions. Later, in October, Corvus communicated news of yet another integration deal, this time with Norwegian marine integration firm ACEL. Ordering an Orca Energy, Energy Storage System (ESS), ACEL intends to commence integration testing for uses across merchant, naval and offshore applications. Hans-Tore Jenssen, Department Manager Power System, ACEL. said: “ACEL selected Corvus based on their innovative leadership in the marine ESS market which is proven by the performance capabilities, safety and design of their new Orca ESS.” The latest announcement came as news of Halvosen Power Systems AS investing in Orca Energy for the retrofit of a hybrid cargo transport vessel. The lithium based energy storage system (ESS) will provide all required energy to the MS Hannah Kristina during harbour operations, resulting in zero emissions. The hybrid cargo transport vessel will utilise a 1,000kWh Orca Energy ESS to provide 100% of the vessels energy requirements during harbour operations. “By combining industry leading safety, performance and economic feasibility, Corvus has achieved the ultimate maritime ESS with Orca,” said Hans Petter Heggebø, CEO at Halvorsen Power Systems AS.
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