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World’s First All-Electric Commercial Fishing Vessel – “Karoline”

World’s First All-Electric Commercial Fishing Vessel – “Karoline”

Corvus Energy powers the world’s first electric commercial fishing vessel. A Corvus lithium polymer Energy Storage System (ESS) has been integrated with a Siemens propulsion system aboard the world’s first electric commercial fishing vessel designed and built by Selfa Arctic AS.

August 20, 2015 – Richmond, BC – Corvus Energy is pleased to announce a Corvus ESS with a Siemens BlueDrive PlusC marine propulsion system will power the Selfa Elmax 1099 electric fishing boat. The 11 metre electric vessel will have a 195 kWh ESS consisting of 30 Corvus AT6500 lithium polymer battery modules. The fishing boat, designed to operate entirely on Corvus battery power over a planned ten hour working day, will also have a small 50kW auxiliary generator and can be charged overnight by plugging into the electrical grid. Norwegian fishing company Øra AS will operate the first Selfa Elmax 1099 designed by Norwegian shipbuilder Selfa Arctic AS.

The electric vessel to be named “Karoline” will be commissioned in Trondheim Norway this August and will be presented to the country’s Minister of Fisheries, Elisabeth Aspaker, in the same month. The Karoline will then be tested in the demanding conditions off the coast of Tjeldsundet in Northern Norway. In September, the boat will be moved to Tromso Norway to be part of the daily operations of Øra AS. While fishing the vessel will operate emissions free, eliminating all greenhouse gasses including CO2. The boat will also generate less noise and vibration than a standard diesel engine powered fishing vessel. “We have been working on this electric boat design for some time and Corvus batteries are part of the design solution.

Their innovative battery technology enables the vessel to meet the needed performance specifications, that is, to operate electrically for a full fishing day.” Said Erik Ianssen, Selfa Arctic AS President & CEO.

“With successful sea trials completed we are planning serial production of the vessel.” “Siemens is an industry leader in the development of environmentally friendly propulsion technologies. For smaller vessels such as the Selfa Elmax, 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 making for one of the greenest fishing boats on the water today” Said Ole Johan Hungnes, Sales Manager, Siemens Marine.

“We are very pleased to be part of this new and exciting development in fishing vessel design. Our ‘marine-hardened’ battery technology is a good fit for the groundbreaking electric drive Selfa Elmax,” said Andrew Morden, President and CEO, Corvus Energy. Corvus Energy makes the only lithium ion ESS Type-Approved by Lloyds, DNV and ABS.

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 systems.

For more information, please visit www.corvus-energy.com

About Siemens
For more than 130 years, Siemens Naval & Commercial Vessels has been delivering electrical products, systems, solutions, and services for the efficient and reliable operation of commercial and naval vessels over their entire lifecycle. Our pioneering innovations in commercial and naval markets as well as our environmental portfolio open up new perspectives for our customers.

About Selfa Arctic
Started in 1987, Selfa Arctic AS is based in Harstad, on the Norwegian coast and is a leader in the market for coastal fishing vessels under 15 metres. The company has two branches in Trondheim, and specializes in building vessels with lengths between 9.5 and 12 metres (32 and 40 ft). The firm’s flagship vessel is an 11-metre (36 ft) fishing boat set up to be operated by a single fisherman.

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

Two New Hybrid Rubber-Tired Gantry Cranes (RTGs)  to be installed in Yidong Terminal, Port of Shanghai

Two New Hybrid Rubber-Tired Gantry Cranes (RTGs) to be installed in Yidong Terminal, Port of Shanghai

Corvus Energy will provide the lithium polymer Energy Storage Systems (ESSs) for an additional two new hybrid rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) produced by integrator CCCC Shanghai Equipment Engineering (CCCCSEE) making a total of eleven RTG ESSs in service.

Corvus Energy will provide the battery systems for an additional two hybrid solutions for new rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) that will be produced by integrator CCCC Shanghai Equipment Engineering (CCCCSEE) for Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. (ZPMC), the world’s largest port crane manufacturer. The cranes are for Shanghai International Port Group and will be installed in Yidong Terminal, Shanghai. CCCCSEE’s commitment to implementation of more efficient RTG’s directly lessens the environmental impact of crane operations. The use of battery hybrid technology substantially reduces fuel consumption and harmful fossil fuel emissions. The new orders will add to a total of eleven RTGs with Corvus ESSs. Cranes equipped in this manner are proven in the field to operate at optimal efficiency. Unlike conventional diesel electric port cranes, the CCCCSEE hybrid version is powered primarily from the Corvus ESS resulting in fuel savings of up to 65% with the added benefits of reduced operating costs with less greenhouse gas emissions and lower noise levels at the terminal.

“We are pleased to see the proven operational performance of our lithium polymer batteries in some of the busiest container terminals in the world. Our strategic partnership with CCCCSEE to develop a cost-effective hybrid system and aggressive marketing plan for the port equipment market is the main driver of the continued success of our shared vision. This technology is an answer for busy port operators worldwide, who need to increase efficiencies while reducing emissions and the environmental impact of their operations.” Said Andrew Morden, CEO of Corvus Energy.

“CCCCSEE’s continued commitment to the development and implementation of advanced technology solutions for port operations supports our corporate vision to be industry leaders through engineering excellence. Corvus technology is a cornerstone of this strategy and the proven performance, durability and reliability of its battery systems is ideally suited to the demands of our industrial applications.” said Gao Jianzhong, Chief Engineer, CCCCSEE. “Our port infrastructure partnership with ZPMC will enable significant market adoption of this new RTG hybrid technology and support our goals toward significant worldwide growth in this business sector.”

Major signing of marine Energy Storage System (ESS) contract with Scandlines Denmark ApS

Major signing of marine Energy Storage System (ESS) contract with Scandlines Denmark ApS

Richmond, BC – Corvus Energy is pleased to announce that that it will deliver an additional 2.6 MWh battery system to German-Danish passenger ferry company Scandlines – operators of the world’s largest battery hybrid electric ferry fleet. Scandlines’ fleet of battery hybrid ferries with a 1.5 MWh Corvus ESS currently include: the M/V Deutschland, M/V Schleswig-Holstein, M/V Prinsesse Benedikte, with the M/V Copenhagen and M/V Berlin under construction. The M/V Prins Richard has a 2.6 MWh Corvus ESS. Scandlines’ battery hybrid electric ferries provide a vital economic link between Denmark and Germany, with daily sailings on multiple routes between these countries. Scandlines ferries outfitted with a Corvus ESS have been proven to significantly improve the engine efficiency leading to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, lower maintenance costs and significantly decreased fuel costs. “Scandlines is a key partner and we are pleased to support their pioneering efforts in expanding the world’s largest hybrid electric ferry fleet.

Our industry leading energy storage technology supports Scandlines’ operational goals of increasing efficiencies and minimizing the environmental impact of their vessels,” said Andrew Morden, President and CEO of Corvus Energy. “Corvus is an important strategic partner in our continued implementation of new technologies to improve the operational efficiencies and reduce the environmental impact of our ferry fleet. Their innovative battery technology enables significant vessel performance improvements in both areas which also supports our ongoing commitment to service excellence,” said Søren Poulsgaard Jensen, Scandlines CEO.

6 New Hybrid Rubber-Tired Gantry Cranes (RTGs) to be installed in Waigaoqiao Terminal, Shanghai

6 New Hybrid Rubber-Tired Gantry Cranes (RTGs) to be installed in Waigaoqiao Terminal, Shanghai

April 29, 2015 – Richmond, BC – Corvus Energy announced today they will provide the battery systems for an additional six new integrated hybrid solutions for new rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) that will be produced by integrator CCCC Shanghai Equipment Engineering (CCCCSEE) for Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. (ZPMC), the world’s largest port crane manufacturers, and installed in Waigaoqiao Terminal, Shanghai. CCCCSEE is leading the shift towards green technology in China’s largest port by integrating diesel-battery hybrid RTG technology.

This latest order of 6 Corvus ESSs for hybrid RTGs follows 2 previous orders for the same systems installed in Shanghai last year. Cranes equipped in this manner are proven in the field to operate at optimal efficiency with decreased fuel consumption, reduced emissions and lower operating costs due to reduced maintenance. Unlike conventional diesel electric port cranes, the hybrid version from CCCCSEE is powered primarily from the Corvus Energy Storage System (ESS) resulting in fuel savings of up to 65% with the added benefits of lower operating costs, lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduced noise levels at the terminal.

“We are proud to continue to partner with CCCCSEE and ZPMG to provide Corvus Energy products and expertise to make these 6 new RTGs possible. Operators are reducing costs and improving performance by adopting the CCCCSEE and Corvus integrated hybrid solutions and concurrently reducing emissions”, said Andrew Morden, President and CEO of Corvus Energy. “Both goals are important for Corvus, CCCCSEE, ZPMC and the port operators and we are very pleased to be part of this important initiative.”

“CCCCSEE continues its corporate vision of industry leading engineering excellence with the advanced integration of energy storage technology to our port operations infrastructure. Corvus battery systems deployed last year have met and exceeded expectations in performance and cost savings and we are confidently moving ahead with an additional 6 cranes,” said Gao Jianzhong, Chief Engineer, CCCCSEE. “Once again, we have leveraged our significant intellectual property and strategic relationship with our sister company, ZPMC to dominate the modernization and new-build of port machinery worldwide. Corvus technology is a cornerstone of this strategy and the proven performance, durability and reliability of its battery systems is ideally suited for the demands of our industrial applications.”

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

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 systems.
For more information visit www.corvusenergy.com

About ZPMC
Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. (ZPMC) is a heavy-duty equipment manufacturer that specializes in port machinery, steel structures, and off shore products. ZPMC is a state holding company listed on A and B shares on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The major shareholder is China Communication Construction Co. Ltd. (CCCC), which is one of the top 500 companies in the world.

About CCCC
China Communication Construction Co. Ltd. (CCCC) and its subsidiaries are principally engaged in the design and construction of transportation infrastructure, dredging and heavy machinery manufacturing business. It is the largest port construction and design company in China, a leading company in road and bridge construction and design, a leading railway construction company, the largest dredging company in China and the second largest dredging company in the world. The Company is also the world’s largest container crane manufacturer. The Company currently has 34 wholly-owned or controlled subsidiaries.

All-Electric Car Ferry

All-Electric Car Ferry

Implementation of lithium-polymer battery technology was fundamental to the development of the world’s first all-electric car ferry
(Article by Sean Puchalski, published in Electric & Hybrid Marine International – April 2015)

The world’s first fully battery-driven car ferry has been built and begins operation in the spring of 2015. Owned and operated by Norled and built by the Norwegian shipyard Fjellstrand, the zero-emissions ferry is an integral part of Norway’s highway and transportation system, ferrying vehicles across the Sognefjorden, Norway’s largest fjord. Both a major route for north-south transportation and a popular tourist destination, the fjord sees almost one million cars crossing each year. In 2011, Norled partnered with Fjellstrand and Siemens to enter a design competition commissioned by Norway’s Ministry of Transport to encourage a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions within its domestic ferry system.

For some years Fjellstrand had been working on the entry’s energy-efficient design platform. Siemens, a company with extensive expertise in power management and electric drive systems, had successfully implemented several lithium battery-powered marine propulsion systems using energy storage systems from Canada’s Corvus Energy. Not only did the collaboration win Norled the contract to operate the electric ferry on the Sognefjorden crossing for 10 years, but its innovative design earned the Norled Ampere – the first vessel produced using Fjellstrand’s ZeroCat design platform – the prestigious title of Ship of the Year 2014 from Norwegian trade journal Skipsrevyen. Passengers, crew and residents of the picturesque villages of Lavik and Oppedal at either end of the crossing will appreciate the ferry’s emissions-free and near-silent operation. Since the ferry is run entirely on battery power, it does not emit greenhouse gases or particulates.

The vessel’s batteries are recharged using low-impact hydroelectric power from the existing electric utility grid infrastructure in each village, further minimizing the impact of the ferry service. In contrast, each of the two conventional diesel-powered ferries traveling the route consumes around one million liters of diesel fuel annually – a cost that will not have to be borne by Norled to operate the Ampere. Moreover, each diesel-powered ferry produces around 2,680 tons of carbon dioxide and emits 37 tons of nitrogen oxides annually, at a considerable cost to the environment. Quick charge challenge The 5.6km Sognefjorden crossing takes just 20 minutes at an average speed of 10kts. But the ferries make the crossing 34 times during 17 hours of operation each day, 365 days a year, pausing for only 10 minutes at the quay. The quick turnaround creates an interesting challenge. For optimal energy efficiency, keeping battery weight low is desirable, so it was decided to size the battery with the capacity for only several crossings and recharge throughout the day. However, the villages’ electrical grid could not meet the sudden and high energy demand to recharge the batteries quickly, without cost-prohibitive grid infrastructure improvements being made.

“The key concept behind our ferry is the top-up charging of the batteries at both quays while the vessel is loading and unloading,” comments Ivan Fossan, CEO of Norled, in the Skipsrevyen Ship of the Year 2014 issue, referring to the shore power stations that use additional liquid-cooled lithium polymer batteries from Corvus Energy to store energy from the grid and enable battery-to-battery energy transfers. It took the combined expertise of Norled, Fjellstrand, Siemens and Corvus Energy to create the innovative and feasible solution. Built from the ground up, a primary consideration of the ZeroCat platform design was to reduce energy consumption compared with conventional ferries in order to minimize the size of the battery required. By using a slender catamaran style structure made of seawater-resistant aluminum, the ballast-free hulls are lightweight and have minimal resistance, resulting in energy savings of approximately 40% at 10kts. The double-ended ferry maintains its schedule by not turning round. The ferry foregoes side-thrusters in favor of Rolls-Royce azimuth thrusters at each end, only one of which is used for each direction of the crossing. The large-diameter propellers have slim blades and a low rotation rate optimized to reduce energy consumption. To reduce drag, the idle blades are feathered. The system results in a further energy saving of around 7%.

Energy-efficient LED lighting and HVAC systems, as well as solar panels, have been incorporated into the ZeroCat platform to reduce energy demand. As a result of the energy-efficient design of the vessel’s hull, propulsion and interior systems, minimum consumption was achieved. Low-load electric drive system The Ampere’s light weight – about half that of the dieselpowered ferries – and reduced drag place less demand on the drive system. Power is provided by two Siemens electric motors with variable speed drive, energized by Corvus Energy lithium-polymer batteries. The motors and other machinery are controlled from the bridge using Siemens power management, alarm and monitoring systems. Corvus Energy Storage Systems (ESSs) incorporating lithium-polymer batteries were selected by Siemens. “We have successfully implemented Corvus Energy battery systems in previous marine applications, including hybrid ferries, so have a good understanding of expected performance and deep confidence in Corvus Energy’s ability to deliver a safe and reliable product,” says Odd Moen, sales director at Siemens Marine and Shipbuilding.

Two Corvus ESSs with a combined capacity of 1,040kWh are mounted on the Ampere, one at each end of the ferry, occupying a total of just 20m³ . The Corvus ESS is made up of arrays of AT6500 battery modules, each of which contains 24 lithium-polymer cells. Advanced cell chemistry – Li-NMC layered pouch cells – are the foundation of the Corvus battery’s characteristics that make it ideally suited for the ZeroCat platform. Building on this foundation, Corvus’s marine-rated design and battery management system harness the capabilities of the cell in a safe and controllable manner. The Li-NMC battery module is known for its high power-to-weight ratio.

The power density of the Corvus battery is 951W/kg, compared with only 41W/kg for a lead-acid battery or 685W/kg for a typical lithium-ion battery. The energy density of Li-NMC is also high, as depicted above. With the Ampere design calling for 1MWh of energy to be stored on the vessel – enough for several crossings – a high energy density was critical to keeping the overall weight of the battery low, thereby minimizing the required output of the motors. Shore power solutions The Li-NMC batteries also boast a high maximum charge/ discharge rate, which provides rapid top-up charges to the ferry’s onboard batteries. One Corvus ESS is installed on the quay in each village, from which a rapid battery-to-battery charge is performed during the 10-minute docking. These shore stations use Corvus AT6500-LQ liquid-cooled battery modules and store 410kWh each. With active liquid cooling, these units support 2.5 times the continuous current of the vessel-mounted batteries, enabling use of the smallest onshore battery system possible on each shore while safely fulfilling rapid charging design requirements.

The shore power stations ensure sufficient onboard stored energy throughout the day. The onboard batteries get fully recharged directly from the grid overnight, when demand is lowest. The shore batteries, on the other hand, are continuously recharged from the village’s grid. Recharging is controlled through Siemens demand-management technology at a rate permitted by the grid infrastructure based on other demands, which vary throughout the day. As with the vessel batteries, the shore batteries fully charge overnight. A low impedance in the Li-NMC battery modules, combined with active cooling of the shore batteries, means the onboard batteries can be charged via a rapid discharge from the shore battery. Corvus AT6500-LQ modules can each support peak discharge/charge currents of 1,500A/450A and true continuous (root mean square, continuous alternating charge and discharge) currents of 225A – much higher than in other lithium-ion batteries.

Safety measures The Corvus ESSs have received type approval from DNVGL, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Lloyd’s Register – demonstrating the measures taken by Corvus to ensure the quality and safety of the energy storage system incorporated into the Ampere ferry. The Corvus ESS is built to withstand impact and vibration, and its advanced mechanical design and rack construction provides fire suppression and antipropagation in the event of thermal runaway. All Corvus ESSs are current- and temperaturemonitored by a battery management system that provides warnings, fault, charge and discharge management. In the Ampere installation, Corvus has incorporated an advanced active liquid cooling system for the shore batteries, which uses a proprietary thermal conductor to remove heat generated during intense use. As an added bonus, modifications to the mooring systems to accommodate recharging the Ampere also enable the diesel ferries to operate more efficiently.

“The electric ferry has to be kept completely steady while at the quayside in order to plug it in. To make this possible, we developed a unique automated docking system,” says Norled’s Fossan, explaining that when the ferry is safely moored and stabilized, a laser sensor guides the power connector to a hatch at the side of the ferry, connects the vessel’s battery and begins recharging. This mooring system can also stabilize the diesel ferries, and can therefore decrease fuel consumption. Ferry fleets and beyond Norled’s Ampere project is likely to create a buzz in the marine industry.

“The Ampere will prove the feasibility of battery-powered ferries and rapid shore charging,” says Andrew Morden, CEO of Corvus Energy. “She demonstrates that sufficient energy can be stored on a vessel, and offers a solution for rapid battery recharges where the local grid may not have sufficient capacity.”

“Norled will continue the development of electric ferries and encourage the rest of the shipping industry to follow,” Norled’s technical director, Sigvald Breivik, comments in World’s first battery-driven car ferry, published in the Skipsrevyen Ship of the Year 2014 issue. Norway’s ferry fleet is aging, and Fjellstrand counts 40 crossings that could potentially be operated by batterydriven ferries employing designs similar to its ZeroCat platform. It is estimated that in the Norwegian domestic ferry system alone, as much as 400,000 tons of CO2 emissions could be eliminated with the use of batterydriven ferries. In the search for zero-emissions solutions, the lithium-polymer battery could play a starring role.
MF Ampere, Single Line Diagram

MF Ampere, Single Line Diagram

 

 

Energy Storage Systems for two new Scandlines battery-hybrid ferries

Energy Storage Systems for two new Scandlines battery-hybrid ferries

RICHMOND, B.C., CANADA (March 2nd, 2015) Corvus Energy announces Energy Storage System order for two new battery hybrid ferries Scandlines vessels will be the first ferries specifically designed with battery hybrid propulsion to operate on the Rostock-Gedser commercial route. Corvus Energy, Siemens AS and Scandlines have announced the award of the energy storage system contract for the M/V Berlin and M/V Copenhagen battery hybrid ferries currently being built at the Danish shipyard FAYARD.

The new vessels M/V Berlin and M/V Copenhagen will each use a 1,050VDC, 1.5MWh Energy Storage System (ESS) consisting of 231 Corvus Energy AT6500 advanced lithium polymer batteries. The batteries will be integrated with a Siemens converter system and together they form an Energy Storage System that will be powered by four diesel gensets (one less than a non-hybrid design). The M/V Berlin and M/V Copenhagen will have similar systems to the four Scandlines hybrid vessels on the route Puttgarden-Rødby, winner of Initiative of the Year at the Ship Efficiency Awards 2014. Each of the new ferries will have a capacity of 1,300 passengers and 460 cars or 96 trucks. The innovative hybrid propulsion system will be combined with a scrubber that cleans the engine exhaust streams of pollutants such as sulphur and particulate matter and will help reduce sulphur emissions by at least 90 %.

“We are very pleased that Corvus’/Siemens’ energy storage system was selected for these innovative vessels” said Andrew Morden, President and CEO, Corvus Energy. “The M/V Berlin and M/V Copenhagen are examples of the significant benefits both operationally and environmentally of battery hybrid propulsion.” Corvus’ lithium polymer energy storage technology is an effective solution for hybridization of commercial vessels with dynamic duty cycles. It provides the consistent power and reliability to support greatly improved efficiencies of marine propulsion systems. With a large market share and multiple hybrid systems deployed with Siemens and their customers, Corvus Energy has the breadth of experience and expert personnel to ensure these systems perform well now and far into the future.

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.corvus-energy.com

About Scandlines
Scandlines was founded in 1998 and is one of the largest ferry operators in Europe. On two short distance routes between Germany and Denmark with high frequency and large capacity, Scandlines provide efficient and reliable transportation services to both passengers and freight customers. In 2014, Scandlines transported 7.5 million passengers, 1.8 million cars and 0.5 million cargo units on the Puttgarden-Rødby and Rostock-Gedser ferry routes. Read more about Scandlines at www.scandlines.com

Corvus Media Contact: Sean Puchalski V.P. Strategic Marketing and Accounts (604) 227-0280 ext.123, spuchalski@corvus-energy.com