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Energy or Power – Corvus Energy Orca™ ESS Product Line Meets Both Differing Demands

Energy or Power – Corvus Energy Orca™ ESS Product Line Meets Both Differing Demands

This is the second article in a series highlighting the five remarkable design features incorporated into Corvus Energy’s Orca™ Energy Storage System (ESS) product line design—a design that earned Corvus Energy the Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology 2017 Innovation of the Year award, as well as the BC TIA Technology Impact Award for Excellence in Product Innovation.

Fundamental to Orca’s design is the recognition that there are multiple uses of ESS systems, and the performance requirements are significantly different depending on its use. “Even among the vessel types that are installing ESS today, there are differing requirements for what the products must do,” explains Sean Puchalski, Vice President at Corvus Energy. “These differences are mostly in terms of whether the vessel needs an ESS that can discharge evenly over an extended period of time (think all-electric ferry) or whether the vessel needs an ESS that can absorb and support large fleeting transient power loads (think offshore supply vessel dynamically positioning next to a drill rig in rough weather).”

The Orca product line consists of two distinct ESS platforms—Orca Energy and Orca Power—each using different battery cell technology with optimized performance characteristics to match high energy demands or high power demands, respectively.

Selecting ESS for High Energy or High Power
Let’s briefly revisit the terms energy and power, which are sometimes used interchangeably … but which are distinctly different. Energy is the “capacity for doing work”, while Power is the “rate of doing work” or the rate at which energy is consumed. The basic unit for energy is the joule (J), while the basic unit of power is the joule per second (J/s), known as the watt (W).

In terms of an ESS for marine vessels, the stored energy or capacity of the ESS is typically measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh) or megawatt-hours (MWh) meaning how much power can be delivered for a specified amount of time.

But, as Puchalski describes, as important for selecting the right ESS is the variability of the load—or demand for power—throughout the vessel’s operation profile and the time that the energy stored in the ESS is being discharged. Is the load relatively constant so that the ESS discharges evenly over time, as in a ferry on a fixed route crossing or an ESS used as battery-backup? Is peak demand intermittent and well above average demand, such as a tug that may spend less than 10% of its time at or near its full bollard pull rating? Or are there transient power loads, such as an offshore supply vessel using thrusters for dynamical positioning to maintain its position next to a drill rig?

Orca Energy ESS is optimized for energy storage uses with a relatively constant power load and discharge rate. It is ideally suited for use with all-electric short haul vessels, and is a viable alternative for spinning reserve, uninterruptible power supply (UPS) or fault ride-through for the entire power system or for subsystems. Due to high energy density, Orca Energy ESS offers a low cost per kWh of stored energy.

Orca Power ESS is an ideal energy source for uses with variable demand. It is designed for seamless response to dynamic power loads, and can deliver power quickly and efficiently to port cranes, charging stations, and offshore supply, exploration and production vessels. Due to extremely high C-ratings, Orca Power ESS offers the industry’s fastest discharge and charge rates.

Economic Benefit Improved with Correct ESS Matching
By correctly matching the appropriate ESS for the operating profile of the vessel and the intended use of the ESS, the economic payback is greatly enhanced—often doubling the return on investment.

In hybrid systems, the primary sources of an ESS’s economic benefit are reduced fuel consumption and lower generator maintenance cost due to efficient operation of fuel-based generators. An ESS can be used for spinning reserve, for instant response to transient loads, and for load balancing through peak shaving and ramping of dynamic loads where there is high variation in propulsion loads. These ESS functions allow generators to run less often and at optimal load for optimum fuel efficiency—resulting in reduced fuel consumption of 15%-75% depending on the application.

Further, the ESS can replace a generator and its associated capital, operating, and maintenance costs when used in fully electric vessels or in hybrid vessels for backup power, including spinning reserve.

Whether Orca Energy is selected for its high energy density and low cost per kWh, or Orca Power is selected for its high discharge/charge rates and dynamic response, Orca ESS is a practical and economical solution for an increasing number of marine applications. Since its introduction in June 2016, Orca ESS has been selected for over two dozen projects totaling over 20MWh, and the technology will only continue to improve the viability of these systems in a greater range of maritime applications.

This concludes the second in a series of articles about what makes Corvus Energy ESS different from all the others. View the preceding introductory article entitled, Five Remarkable Features of an Award-Winning Marine Energy Storage System.

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Corvus Energy continues to lead the industry and electrify offshore Oil & Gas platform supply vessels with latest project win

Corvus Energy continues to lead the industry and electrify offshore Oil & Gas platform supply vessels with latest project win

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Corvus Energy continues to lead the industry and electrify offshore Oil & Gas platform supply vessels with latest project win

Orca ESS from Corvus Energy has been selected to provide battery power to Farstad Shipping’s Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) Far Sun

Richmond, B.C. – July 10, 2017 – Corvus Energy is pleased to announce that it has been selected as the supplier of a lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for the hybridization of Farstad Shipping’s PSV Far Sun being integrated by Vard Electro, in the second half of 2017. The Orca Energy ESS from Corvus will supply electrical power to the PSV’s propulsion system electrical network to enable environmentally-friendly and lower cost operations.

The energy storage system will be utilized during all aspects of the PSV’s operation, particularly during Dynamic positioning and harbour operations where fuel consumption and emissions will be significantly reduced. Equally important to Farstad and Statoil (who maintains a long-term charter for the PSV), the ESS will increase safety through provision of spinning reserve for improved response time as well as increased redundancy.

“As we have experienced with many vessel types, the Orca ESS is ideally suited for the hybridization of the Far Sun PSV”, says Ronald Hansen, Global Service Manager of Corvus Energy. “Through close collaboration with Vard, our teams have developed a lean solution which meets the aggressive environmental, safety, performance and operating cost objectives of Farstad and Statoil.”

Statoil, an important client of Farstad Shipping, is focused on improved safety, efficient operations and reduced environmental impact. Through a long-term contractual relationship and a strong emphasis on reducing emissions, Statoil has been a key element in the efforts to have battery technology installed on board Far Sun.

“The energy storage system will provide significant savings for Farstad and Statoil over time, enabling the ship to more efficiently utilize energy produced by the generators, as well as simplifying the use of shore power. This will substantially reduce consumption and emissions. Another effect is less noise from ships in port”, says Christian Søvik, VP Global Services of Vard Electro.

As the leading manufacturer of energy storage systems for maritime applications, Corvus continues to lead the industry with 80+ installations utilizing a Corvus ESS, totaling over 45MWh and 1 million operating hours.

About Corvus Energy

Corvus Energy provides high power energy storage in the form of modular lithium ion battery systems. Its purpose-built, field-proven battery systems provide sustained power to hybrid and fully electric heavy industrial equipment, including large marine propulsion drives. For more information, please visit www.corvusenergy.com.

Media Contact:

Sean Puchalski
VP Strategic Marketing and Accounts
(604) 227-0280 ext. 123
spuchalski@corvusenergy.com

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Corvus Energy wins top BC technology innovation award

Corvus Energy wins top BC technology innovation award

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Corvus Energy wins top BC technology innovation award

Corvus Energy wins the Excellence in Product Innovation at the Technology Impact Awards

Richmond, B.C. – June 26, 2017 – Corvus is pleased to announce that it has received the award of Excellence in Product Innovation at the annual Technology Impact Awards (TIA), sponsored by the British Columbia Tech Association. Corvus won the prestigious award for their industry leading energy storage system (ESS), Orca ESS.

The TIAs are the longest-running and largest technology award program in BC, celebrating the successes of the tech industry and the companies, people and innovation that continue to put British Columbia on the map.

“The Corvus team is very honored to receive this award”, said Andrew Morden, President & CEO of Corvus Energy. “An immense amount of innovation went into the design and development of the Orca ESS portfolio. The result is a revolutionary energy storage solution that is safer, more reliable, and more cost effective than anything else in the industry. This allows our customers to accelerate the shift to electrification of their maritime applications such as the hybridization of ferries, offshore supply vessels, cruise ships and port equipment.”

This latest industry recognition for Corvus comes just two weeks after taking home industry awards for both Supplier of the Year and Innovation of the Year at the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam. Both awards were based on the success and traction the Orca ESS portfolio has achieved in a very short period of time.

Following the successful launch of Orca ESS one year ago, Corvus has won over 2 dozen new projects totalling over 18MWh that will utilize Orca ESS. In total, Corvus Energy has deployed 80+ installations with over 45MWh installed and now exceeding 1 million operating hours. Corvus has unsurpassed experience and knowledge that enables revolutionary innovation.

About Orca ESS

The Orca ESS product line was specifically designed and built to meet the needs of maritime applications at the industry’s highest levels of performance and safety, while making economic sense to ship owners and builders. No other maritime ESS has been designed with as much real field experience and performance data than Orca has.

Rather than a single product approach, the Orca ESS product line delivers a range of products which are designed to meet the various needs of maritime customers. Orca Energy is ideal for applications that require large amounts of energy such as ferries and merchant vessels, while Orca Power was designed for applications that require a seamless response to dynamic power loads such as offshore supply vessels and port equipment.

About Corvus Energy

Corvus Energy provides high power energy storage in the form of modular lithium ion battery systems. Its purpose built, field proven battery systems provide sustained power to hybrid and fully electric heavy industrial equipment, including large marine propulsion drives. For more information, please visit www.corvusenergy.com.

Media Contact:
Sean Puchalski
VP Strategic Marketing and Accounts
(604) 227-0280 ext. 123
spuchalski@corvusenergy.com

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Safety at Sea is the Top Priority for Corvus Energy Orca™ ESS

Safety at Sea is the Top Priority for Corvus Energy Orca™ ESS

Will safety be compromised as more and more battery vendors and marine propulsion system integrators bid to win a share of the expanding sea of hybrid and electric marine vessels? Corvus Energy, the leader in marine Energy Storage Systems (ESS), has worked hard to achieve the highest standards of safety with its Orca™ ESS, and is the only supplier to carry DNV, Lloyd’s Register, ABS and BV product Type Approvals.

Today is the Day of the Seafarer. In salute to seafarers, and out of intrinsic concern for their safety at sea, we want to review the design practices that Corvus Energy incorporates and the tests we have passed to prove the safety of the Orca™ ESS for hybrid or fully electric propulsion systems.

Geoff Crocker, Director of Product Management & Technical Sales at Corvus Energy, spoke at Nor-Shipping, and David Lokhorst, Corvus Energy’s Vice President of Engineering, spoke at Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo about the safety features built into the company’s Orca ESS. For those who may have missed the presentations, this article captures the highlights.

The top three technical advancements that improve safety in Corvus Energy’s latest Orca ESS product line are:

  1. Thermal Runaway (TR) Protection
  2. Thermal Management
  3. Electrical Safety and Performance

Thermal Runaway Protection
The best protection from thermal runaway comes from prevention, by selecting a high quality cell manufacturer and designing the battery system with a sophisticated battery monitoring system (BMS), hardware safeties, and good integration with the energy management system (EMS).

However, in the highly unlikely event that a cell fails and its temperature spikes, it is important that adjacent cells do not also experience thermal runaway.

Corvus Energy’s Orca energy storage system design achieves true cell-level thermal runaway isolation, meaning that adjacent cells stay cool without the need for expensive active cooling. Further, The Orca ESS module is designed with internal ventilation pathways to vent gases generated by thermal runaway, and prevent gas from entering the battery room.

Orca ESS passed the NMA’s thermal runaway propagation Test 1—the most stringent test—in September 2016, witnessed by class society DNV GL. The NMA requires tests to verify that when safety systems are deliberately defeated and thermal runaway of a battery module is induced by overcharging, the thermal runaway is limited to a single module and does not spread to other modules in the battery pack. Corvus demonstrated that Orca was designed with a higher level of fault tolerance by eliminating the possibility of thermal runaway spreading to neighbouring cells within a single module.

Thermal Management
The Orca ESS design is optimized for heat-shedding to maintain a uniform temperature across the cell, which enables the cell to operate at its maximum capability. The design incorporates integrated rack fans and active temperature monitoring between cells, which improves reliability and reduces maintenance costs in the long run.

Improved thermal management also means that, typically, air-cooling is all that is required to satisfy marine demands and less battery room infrastructure is needed—both of which reduce system costs.

Orca ESS can also be liquid-cooled in extreme environments and ultra high performance use cases.

Electrical Safety and Performance
The clever and sleek design of the Orca ESS module-and-rack leaves no exposed cables for increased safety during installation and operation. Even the optional air- or liquid-cooling systems are integrated into the rack, resulting in actively cooled connections. Fewer connections, a shorter conductive path, and cooled connections lead to higher reliability and performance, in addition to improving safety.

In addition, safety features incorporated into Orca ESS triggers disconnect at predefined loads, over-voltage or over-temperature. And with voltage isolation of 7.2kV, Orca ESS exceeds Class and Flag standards.

Improved Safety, Better Reliability and Performance, and Lower Cost
While safety is paramount and fundamental to the design of Orca ESS, some of the design features—in particular those for thermal management and electrical safety—also result in overall system cost-savings due to faster installation and lower cost battery room and fire extinguishing system costs. It’s a good Day for a Seafarer when you don’t have to compromise safety for affordability.

This concludes the first in a series of articles about what makes Corvus Energy ESS different from all the others. Subscribe to Corvus Energy Updates or Follow Corvus Energy on LinkedIn to receive all articles as they are posted.

View the preceding introductory article entitled, “Five Remarkable Features of an Award-Winning Marine Energy Storage System

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5 Remarkable Features of an Award-Winning Marine ESS

5 Remarkable Features of an Award-Winning Marine ESS

Winning ‘Innovation of the Year’ at the 2017 Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo, the Corvus Energy lithium-ion-based Orca ™energy storage system (ESS) stands out amongst other ESSs. “Battery technology is at the heart of electric and hybrid marine propulsion technology. Corvus is a true leader in this area,” said awards panel judge Martyn Lasek, editor, Ship & Bunker.

Below are highlights of the five key performance areas in which Corvus Energy’s Orca ESS excel:

  1. Two optimized platforms—Orca Energy and Orca Power. With two design platforms optimized for either high energy or high power, the right ESS characteristics can be matched to the operational profile of each particular application. Often, ESS system costs can be half that of a mismatched system. Learn more…
  2. Unparalleled energy density. Corvus Energy works closely with its battery cell manufacturer to take advantage of cells with extremely high energy density while not compromising safety. Orca Energy offers a compact design packing 1.6 MWh in volume equivalent to a 20’ container. As such, Orca Energy can delivers clean energy capacity at a low cost per kWh improving affordability for electric or hybrid-electric ferries, tug boats, cruise ships, yachts.
  3. Highest C-Rate in the industry. Orca Power is designed for seamless response to dynamic power loads, to deliver power quickly and efficiently to port cranes, charging stations, and offshore supply, exploration and production vessels at an attractive $/kW. Orca Power can discharge at peak rates of 15C and continuous rates of 10C, rates that simply cannot be attained by any other ESS supplier in the industry.
  4. Ease of installation and commissioning. Considerable design innovation went into making Orca ESS safe and quick to install. Its sleek, modular design has reduced installation connection and commissioning times are reduced by 80% and installation costs by up to 50%. In many cases, there is also significant cost saving in setting up the battery room, with simplified sprinkler, ventilation, and class/flag approvals.
  5. Safest in the industry. Corvus Energy is the only supplier to carry DNV, Lloyd’s Register, ABS and BV product Type Approvals and its Orca ESS exceeds Class/Flag standards. Safety features include cell-level thermal runaway isolation, thermal management with remote monitoring capabilities, and improved electrical safety. Learn more <<Safety at Sea is the Top Priority for Corvus Energy Orca ESS>>

These are just highlights. In subsequent weeks, we will provide more detail on each of these five topics to help explain why, since the launch of Orca ESS a year ago, Corvus has won over 2 dozen new projects totalling over 15MWh that will utilize Orca ESS.

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Corvus Secures CAD 6.5M in EDC financing to grow its international business

Corvus Secures CAD 6.5M in EDC financing to grow its international business

EDC provides CAD 6.5M in financing to cleantech company Corvus Energy Inc. to grow its international business

(OTTAWA)- June 22, 2017

Export Development Canada (EDC) today announced the closing of a CAD $6.5M contract financing credit facility for Richmond, BC-based Corvus Energy (Corvus) Inc.

Corvus designs, develops and manufactures energy storage systems (ESS) and lithium-ion battery solutions for hybrid and electric marine applications to help reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The financing will allow Corvus to fulfill various export contracts, primarily for hybrid ferries in Europe.

“The electrification of the maritime industry in Europe is accelerating and the award-winning Orca ESS from Corvus Energy is facilitating that transition”, says Andrew Morden, President and CEO of Corvus Energy. “This credit facility will allow Corvus to aggressively ramp up production to meet the growing demand for our technology which now leads the industry in project wins.”

One of EDC’s priorities is to support the global growth potential of Canadian cleantech companies. EDC has a dedicated team to focus on understanding the industry’s needs and delivering the right solutions to help Canadian cleantech companies start up and grow their business internationally.

“Cleantech is one of Canada’s fastest growing sectors and more than half of the industry’s revenues come from exports,” said Carl Burlock, Senior Vice President, Financing, EDC. “With 99 per cent of revenue coming from international contracts, Corvus is a great example of an innovative Canadian company responding to increasing global demand for clean energy technology. EDC is built to help businesses like this grow their sales into new markets.”

EDC is Canada’s leading provider of financing, insurance and bonding for Canadian companies of all sizes that do business outside of Canada.

“If your company works in cleantech and you’re interested in hearing more about expanding to markets outside of Canada, EDC is here to help you,” added Burlock.

About Corvus Energy

Corvus Energy provides high power energy storage in the form of modular lithium ion battery systems. Its purpose-built, field-proven battery systems provide sustained power to hybrid and fully electric heavy industrial equipment, including port equipment and large marine propulsion drives. For more information, please visit: www.corvusenergy.com.

Media Contact:

Sean Puchalski

VP Strategic Marketing and Accounts

(604) 227-0280 ext. 123

spuchalski@corvusenergy.com

 

About EDC

EDC helps Canadian companies go, grow, and succeed in their international business. As a financial Crown corporation, EDC provides financing, insurance, bonding, trade knowledge, and matchmaking connections to help Canadian companies sell and invest abroad. EDC can also provide financial solutions to foreign buyers to facilitate and grow purchases from Canadian companies.

For more information about how we can help your company, call us at

1-888-434-8508 or visit www.edc.ca. 

Spokesperson

Elise Dedekam

Export Development Canada

ededekam@edc.ca

(613) 851-3076

 

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Top hybrid and electric marine propulsion system integrators team up with Corvus Energy for ESS

Top hybrid and electric marine propulsion system integrators team up with Corvus Energy for ESS

On the occasion of being named 2017 Supplier of the Year by Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology journal for the third consecutive year, we at Corvus Energy would like to recognize the companies and the people who specify and integrate Corvus Energy ESS battery systems into their advanced marine propulsion systems.  These designers and executives share our vision of accelerating the shift to environmentally sustainable energy solutions.

Siemens—Leading the greening of the industry, Siemens has supplied propulsion systems for more hybrid and electric vessels than any other integrator. Vessels include Norled, Fjord1 and Scandlines fleet of hybrid ferries, a Norled all-electric ferry, as well as a variety of hybrid tugboat, fishing, and offshore drilling platform supply vessels.
“Siemens is an industry leader in the development of environmentally friendly propulsion technologies. For smaller vessels, we have developed BlueDrive PlusC, an extremely flexible, compact and high-capacity electric hybrid propulsion system which is designed to provide maximum efficiency. When integrated with a Corvus lithium ESS we can nearly eliminate all emissions.”
Ole Johan Hungnes, Sales Manager, Siemens Marine

Wärtsilä—Wärtsilä provided the propulsion systems for Norled’s full-electric ferry, Fogelfonn, and is currently retrofitting their second Eidesvik Offshore drilling platform supply vessel.
“Corvus Energy, and more specifically the Orca Energy ESS, was selected for its compelling safety, performance and return on investment. Based on the innovative approach of Orca and Corvus’ industry leading experience, ship owner Eidesvik has complete trust in this solution.”
Dag Håvard Håvardsholm, Wärtsilä

Elkon—Elkon of Turkey has provided the propulsion systems used in two Seaspan hybrid cargo ferries in British Columbia, Canada.
“Integrating the proven Corvus ESS technology into our new LNG-battery vessels will help us achieve our goal of minimizing the environmental impact of our operations, while reducing fuel consumption and operating costs. Corvus’ experience, industry leadership and safety record made it an easy decision to utilize their battery systems.”
Jonathan Whitworth, CEO, Seaspan

Aspin Kemp & Associates—Applied in hybrid tugboats and dive support vessels, Aspin Kemp & Associates has integrated Corvus Energy ESS into its hybrid propulsion systems.
“XeroPoint hybrid has been proven to offer significant benefits. The diesel-electric system illustrates our ability to allow the operator to configure their power plant based on their specific operational requirements, ultimately resulting in improved performance and safety.”
John Eldridge, Hybrid Project Manager, Aspin Kemp & Associates

BAE Systems—BAE Systems is supplying their HybriDrive Propulsion System in a 500-passenger tour boat, a hybrid catamaran dive platform and research lab, and a 132-foot Brigantine Tall Ship.
“Our ongoing collaboration with Corvus Energy adds significant value to our hybrid system programs, and we look forward to continuing that work.”
Yesh Premkumar, Project Manager of Fuel Cell and Maritime Programs, BAE Systems

Ingeteam—Ingeteam provided the propulsion system for Dutch operator TESO’s hybrid ferry.
“TESO’s investment shows our ongoing commitment to increasing efficiency in our systems. These efficiencies will not only benefit the company and customers in terms of reduced costs, but also the environment in terms of reduced emissions.”
Cees de Waal, Directeur, TESO

Halvorsen Power Systems—Halvorsen is taking the lead on the retrofit of a Norwegian marine research vessel.
“The Orca Energy ESS from Corvus was an extremely compelling solution for this application. By combining industry leading safety, performance and economic feasibility, Corvus has achieved the ultimate maritime ESS and we really enjoy working closely with the skilled and enthusiastic Corvus team.”
Hans Petter Heggebø, CEO, Halvorsen Power Systems

General Electric— GE’s Power Conversion business has built a marine power test facility and customer demonstration center that integrates  GE technologies and the Orca ESS from Corvus Energy, for merchant, naval and offshore applications.
“GE selected Corvus after a rigorous evaluation process, based on their superior safety, functionality and advanced design. We look forward to utilizing the Orca ESS to add significant value to our hybrid systems in our marine and other markets and to demonstrating it to our customers in our new customer demonstration center.”
Jon Childs, GE Marine Application Engineering

ACEL—The Norwegian integrator is doing testing across multiple maritime applications.
“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. We look forward to utilizing the Orca ESS to add significant value to our marine projects well into the future.”
Hans-Tore Jenssen, Department Manager Power System,  ACEL

CCCC Shanghai Equipment Engineering (CCCCSEE)—In a related maritime application, CCCCSEE has integrated Corvus Energy ESS into hybrid RTG port cranes for Shanghai’s Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. (“ZPMC”), the world’s largest port crane manufacturer.
“CCCCSEE continues its corporate vision of industry leading engineering excellence with the advanced integration of energy storage technology to our port operations infrastructure, and Corvus technology is a cornerstone of this strategy. Corvus battery systems deployed last year have met and exceeded expectations in performance and cost savings. The proven performance, durability and reliability of its battery systems is ideally suited for the demands of our industrial applications.”
Gao Jianzhong, Chief Engineer, CCCCSEE

We have also had the pleasure of working with numerous other industry leaders, and look forward to telling you about many more projects in the future. Subscribe to Corvus Energy Updates or Follow Corvus Energy on LinkedIn for all the latest news.

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Corvus Energy wins top industry awards for third consecutive year

Corvus Energy wins top industry awards for third consecutive year

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Corvus Energy wins top industry awards for third consecutive year

Corvus Energy wins both Supplier of the Year and Innovation of the Year at the 2017 Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo Awards

Richmond, B.C. – June 13, 2017 – Corvus Energy has been awarded both ‘Supplier of the Year’ and ‘Innovation of the Year’ at the 2017 Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards being held at the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo. This is the third consecutive year that Corvus has received the Supplier of the Year award and a first time win for Innovation of the Year. The award recipients are decided up on by a panel of highly regarded industry experts.

“Battery technology is at the heart of electric and hybrid marine propulsion technology. Corvus is a true leader in this area and its growth and achievements in 2016 serve as a reminder of how important this company continues to be”, said awards panel judge Martyn Lasek, editor, Ship & Bunker.

The awards were presented to Willie Wagen, Corvus Energy Global VP of Sales & Marketing and Managing Director of Europe, on the final day of another very successful Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo taking place in Amsterdam. “The team at Corvus is very pleased to have been selected once again as Supplier of the Year and extremely proud to have also been awarded Innovation of the Year for the industry leading Orca ESS”, said Wagen. Adding, “over a year ago Corvus set out to design and develop the world’s best energy storage system. The result of that was Orca ESS, the safest, highest performing, and most cost effective ESS for all-electric and hybrid applications. Orca ESS is accelerating the transition to electrification for many operators and ship owners. No other firm understands this technology and industry better than Corvus and we have the greatest number of installations & upcoming projects to prove it.”

Further recognition from awards judges: “Corvus’ exceptional growth and high spending on R&D merit recognition for a third consecutive year as the company’s innovative solutions, and especially the Orca ESS, gain rapid acceptance among customers” – Jack O’Connell, senior editor, The Maritime Executive.

Following the successful launch of Orca ESS at the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo one year ago, Corvus has won over 2 dozen new projects totalling over 15MWh that will utilize Orca ESS. In total, Corvus Energy has deployed 70+ installations with over 43MWh installed and now exceeding 1 million operating hours. Corvus has unsurpassed experience and knowledge that enables revolutionary innovation.

“Corvus has shown again why it is at the forefront of one of the fastest-growing maritime sectors. An impressive performance that bodes well for the future for the company”, concluded Rich Miller, managing editor, Professional Mariner and American Ship Review.

About Orca ESS

The Orca ESS product line was specifically designed and built to meet the needs of maritime applications at the industry’s highest levels of performance and safety, while making economic sense to ship owners and builders. No other maritime ESS has been designed with as much real field experience and performance data than Orca has.

Rather than a single product approach, the Orca ESS product line delivers a range of products which are designed to meet the various needs of maritime customers. Orca Energy is ideal for applications that require large amounts of energy such as ferries and merchant vessels, while Orca Power was designed for applications that require a seamless response to dynamic power loads such as offshore supply vessels and port equipment.

With the industry’s highest C-Rates, unparalleled density and increased lifespan, Orca ESS solutions are designed to scale for applications of all sizes, up to and beyond 10MWh, at a lower total cost of ownership.

In addition to the superior performance and economic advantages, the purpose-built Orca product line also includes industry leading innovations related to safety and operations. Among those innovations, both Orca Energy and Orca Power feature patented-pending technology that delivers cell-level thermal runaway isolation. This unprecedented level of safety is standard across the Orca ESS product line and does not require active cooling techniques, such as liquid cooling for it to be effective. Additional innovations such as ‘blind-mate’ power connections contained within the rack, eliminate the need for cables and manual connections resulting in enhanced reliability, increased safety and reduced installation costs.

About Corvus Energy

Corvus Energy provides high power energy storage in the form of modular lithium ion battery systems. Its purpose built, field proven battery systems provide sustained power to hybrid and fully electric heavy industrial equipment, including large marine propulsion drives. For more information, please visit www.corvusenergy.com.

Media Contact:
Sean Puchalski
VP Strategic Marketing and Accounts
(604) 227-0280 ext. 123
spuchalski@corvusenergy.com

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Corvus Energy to Display Advances in Industry-Leading Energy Storage Solution at Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo 2017

Corvus Energy to Display Advances in Industry-Leading Energy Storage Solution at Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo 2017

At the upcoming Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam, June 6-8, Corvus Energy will display the latest enhancement to its Orca™ product lines—Orca Energy and Orca Power—the industry’s safest and most capable Li-ion battery systems for energy storage and electric power applications. “We expect particular interest in our liquid-cooled battery systems that make it possible to discharge and charge at the highest C-rates in the industry,” says Sean Puchalski, VP of Strategic Marketing & Accounts at Corvus Energy.

It was almost a year ago that Corvus Energy was awarded Supplier of the Year at the 2016 Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards. It was the second consecutive year that Corvus Energy had received the award, prompting awards panel judge, John Snyder, editor-in-chief and publisher of Marine Log to declare, “It’s hard to find a hybrid or electric marine power project that they don’t have a hand in.”

The pace has not slowed for Corvus Energy in the past year, with the release of its Orca™ product line and expanded adoption of Corvus energy storage solutions in maritime applications—both on land and at sea.

“We at Corvus Energy are thrilled that we continue to be selected by leading propulsion system partners and shipbuilders who share our vision of cleaner energy solutions,” reports Puchalski. “Since the launch of Orca less than a year ago, we have won 24 deals totaling 15MWh, and the technology advancements in our latest Orca product releases will only improve the viability of our systems in a greater range of maritime applications.”

In the past year, Corvus Energy has cemented its relationship with Scandlines with a long-term agreement to remotely monitor and service the Corvus battery systems on Scandlines hybrid ferries—the world’s largest fleet of newbuilt and retrofitted hybrid ferries.

Corvus Energy also provided the Energy Storage System (ESS) for three cargo ferries: two LNG-battery hybrids for Seaspan Ferries of Canada transporting cargo in the waters of British Columbia, and one hybrid in partnership with Halvorsen Power Systems to operate in Danish waters. “The Orca Energy ESS from Corvus was an extremely compelling solution for this application,” said Hans Petter Heggebø, CEO at Halvorsen Power Systems AS. “By combining industry leading safety, performance and economic feasibility, Corvus has achieved the ultimate maritime ESS with Orca and we really enjoy working closely with the skilled and enthusiastic Corvus team in Bergen.”

The sheer variety of marine applications in which Corvus Energy has been involved in the past year—which include two European polar expedition cruise ships, research and fish farm support vessels in Norway, and a San Francisco Bay area’s Educational Tall Ship—highlight the range of interest in electric and hybrid propulsion systems in waterways around the globe.

On land, maritime ports in China are leading the way in reducing emissions by using hybrid gantry cranes incorporating Corvus energy storage solutions. “Gantry cranes have demanding power requirements, and the compact and rugged nature of Corvus battery systems fits the application well,” say Puchalski. “Offsetting demands on diesel generators, and recovering energy from container lowering, can reduce fuel consumption by 55% to 75% and dramatically reduce emissions.”

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Corvus Energy Orca ESS to power one of the world’s cleanest offshore platform supply vessels

Corvus Energy Orca ESS to power one of the world’s cleanest offshore platform supply vessels

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Corvus Energy Orca ESS to power one of the world’s cleanest offshore platform supply vessels

Corvus Energy’s next generation Orca Energy ESS has been selected by Wärtsilä to provide battery power to the Eidesvik Viking Princess

Richmond, B.C. – May 30, 2017 – Corvus Energy is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Wärtsilä as the supplier of lithium ion based energy storage systems (ESS) for the retrofit of an offshore platform supply vessel, the Viking Princess. Corvus will be supplying the industry leading Orca Energy ESS solution for the project. The Viking Princess is the second Eidesvik platform supply vessel to adopt a Corvus energy storage system, following the Viking Lady.

The Viking Princess is a state-of-the-art offshore supply vessel designed to safely service offshore installations in the extremely harsh waters of the North Sea. The 533kWh Orca Energy ESS will be installed on the vessel in a hybrid arrangement, replacing one LNG genset, approved by DNVGL & NMA as spinning reserve resulting in 1 tonne of fuel savings per day.

“Corvus Energy is honoured to be working with Wärtsilä and Eidesvik once again, on the retrofit of the Viking Princess”, says Halvard Hauso, SVP Business Development of Corvus Energy. “The first Eidesvik ship powered by a Corvus ESS, the Viking Lady, has become a well-known industry case study of a hybrid-electric vessel. We are excited to demonstrate on the Viking Princess that the well-documented benefits of an ESS on offshore vessels can be achieved at a lower cost to ship owners, thereby improving the economic rationale for such deployments.”

“Corvus Energy, and more specifically the Orca Energy ESS, was selected for its compelling safety, performance and return on investment”, said Dag Håvard Håvardsholm of Wärtsilä. “Based on the innovative approach of Orca and Corvus’ industry leading experience, ship owner Eidesvik has complete trust in this solution.”

As the leading manufacturer of energy storage systems for maritime applications, Corvus designed and built the Orca ESS solutions portfolio based on the experience from 70+ installations utilizing a Corvus ESS, totaling over 35MWh and 1 million operating hours. Rather than a single product, the Orca ESS product line delivers a range of products which are designed to meet the needs of various marine customers.

About Corvus Energy

Corvus Energy provides high power energy storage in the form of modular lithium ion battery systems. Its purpose-built, field-proven battery systems provide sustained power to hybrid and fully electric heavy industrial equipment, including large marine propulsion drives. For more information, please visit www.corvusenergy.com.

Media Contact:
Sean Puchalski
VP Strategic Marketing and Accounts
(604) 227-0280 ext. 123
spuchalski@corvusenergy.com

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