Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) has selected Corvus Energy to supply lithium-ion energy storage systems (ESS) for five new all-electric ferries.
The ferries— being built in Leirvik, Sogn, by Havyard for Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1— will all be of Havyard 932 design, 67 metres in length, and will carry 50 cars.
Each ferry will be equipped with an “air-cooled Corvus Orca ESS that will supply electrical power to the ferry’s NES all-electric power and propulsion system”.
Globally, Corvus provides power for more than 40 similar short distance hybrid and all-electric ferries.
Corvus vice-president of sales Roger Rosvold said: “Our close partnership with them in designing and delivering these innovative solutions is key to accelerating the adoption of energy storage systems.”
Corvus was first contracted to supply an ESS to Fjord1 in 2014, with a 410 kilowatt-hour system.
More recently, Corvus supplied a 3MW/1MWh lithium-ion system to Stena Line for use on the Stena Jutlandica ferry, in the first stage of a three-part electrification plan to equip the vessel with enough storage to cover the 50 nautical miles between Sweden and Denmark using only electrical power— as reported in the most recent issue of BEST magazine.
The Corvus systems are schedules delivery in 2019, and all five ferries are expected to be fully operational on four new routes in Norway by 1 January, 2020.