Corvus Energy to Provide Energy Storage to Charge Fjord1 Ferries
Corvus Energy has been selected by Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) to supply the Energy Storage Systems (ESS) for the shore stations at Brekstad and Valset, Norway. This follows the contract awarded to Corvus Energy in late 2017 to supply the ESS systems onboard the two new low-emissions hybrid-electric ferries that will operate on the Brekstad-Valset route, as well as one ferry on the Husavik-Sandvikvåg route – all designed by Multi Maritime and operated by Fjord1.
Each shore station will have a capacity of 565KWh, charged from the grid with clean, renewable hydro-electric power. The 1137KWh Corvus Orca Energy ESS systems onboard the Brekstad-Valset ferries are a key component of the NES hybrid-electric propulsion system. Although the ferries will be equipped as hybrid ferries with batteries and diesel engines, the diesel engines will have limited use in docking, or in case of a power outage on the power grid, or during rescue-operations. Normal operation will be all-electric, powered by the Corvus batteries.
Ferries are an integral part of the transportation infrastructure along the west coast of Norway, crossing the fjords and connecting the islands to the mainland. Norway Road Authorities’ strict emissions limits in maritime environments create technical opportunities and challenges for system integrators such as Norwegian Electric Systems. Energy storage systems are at the heart of many of their projects.
Fjord1 continues to demonstrate its commitment to environmental sustainability by equipping its fleet with the industry’s most advanced and environmentally-friendly technology to reduce emissions, as well as operational costs. At 66.4m long and 14.2m wide, each Brekstad-Valset ferry will have a capacity of 50 cars, 6 trucks, and 195 passengers. Construction is underway at Havyard Ship Technology, with delivery scheduled towards the end of 2018.
Corvus offers the innovative Orca ESS solutions portfolio and has unsurpassed experience from 140+ projects, totalling over 100MWh and 1.5 million operating hours.
Corvus Energy will be exhibiting at Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo 2018, at booth E2000.