Next Generation Orca ESS to power Norwegian research vessel

Corvus Energy’s next generation Orca ESS has been selected by Halvorsen for the retrofit of the fisheries and environmental research vessel MS Johan Hjort 

Richmond, B.C. – June 17, 2016 – Halvorsen Power System AS has selected Corvus Energy as the supplier of the lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for a retrofit of marine research vessel, MS Johan Hjort. Corvus will supply its recently released, next generation Orca Energy solution to provide power to the vessel for peak shaving, research operations and crew comfort.

Orca Energy is part of the recently announced Orca ESS product line from Corvus which is specifically designed for maritime applications. “The selection of Orca Energy for this retrofit project confirms the applicability of the Orca product line for many types of applications along the entire energy-power continuum” said Halvard Hauso, EVP Sales & Marketing at Corvus. In addition to the purpose built performance characteristics, the Orca product line also includes safety innovations such as cell-level thermal runaway isolation which does not require active cooling techniques such as liquid cooling to be effective. “Not only does Orca ESS make great economic sense, it is also the industry’s safest & highest performing maritime ESS solution.”

The 64m research vessel, John Hjort is equipped for fisheries and environmental research and will mainly operate in the Norwegian Exclusive Economic Zone. The onboard equipment includes advanced acoustic instruments for fish detection and echo integration and gear for operating various types of bottom and mid water trawls, various types of plankton samplers, CTD and other lowering probes and water samplers for environmental observation. “After extensive due diligence, Halvorsen selected Corvus’ Orca Energy ESS due to their breadth of experience in the industry, and the extremely compelling performance, safety and economic benefits of Orca” said Hans Petter Heggebø, Managing Director at Halvorsen Power System AS. “As the company that defined the industry, Corvus has once again set a new standard for maritime ESS with their Orca product line.”

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 50+ vessels 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. Orca Energy is ideal for applications that require large amounts of energy such as ferries and merchant vessels, while Orca Power has been 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

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About Halvorsen Power Systems
Halvorsen Power Systems’ core business is system integration with specialties within power grid/network, frequency converters and automation systems. Halvorsen is headquartered in Stavanger, with locations in Kvinesdal, Bømlo, Langhus, Oslo, Hungary and Houston.

Hans Petter Heggebø

Managing Director, Halvorsen Power System AS

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