Yidong Terminal orders 9 more Hybrid (RTGs)

Yidong Terminal orders 9 more Hybrid Rubber-Tired Gantry Cranes (RTGs) powered by Corvus Energy to be installed in Port of Shanghai
Corvus Energy will provide the lithium ion polymer Energy Storage Systems (ESSs) for an additional nine retrofit hybrid rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) produced by integrator CCCC Shanghai Equipment Engineering (CCCCSEE) making a total of 21 such RTG ESSs in service in Chinese ports.

January 11th, 2015 – Richmond, BC – Corvus Energy will provide the battery systems that power nine retrofit hybrid rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) produced by integrator CCCC Shanghai Equipment Engineering (CCCCSEE) for Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. (ZPMC), the world’s largest port crane manufacturer. These 9 additional hybrid cranes will bring the overall total to 21 hybrid RTG’s in the Port of Shanghai spanning three terminals: Yanshan, Waigaoqiao and Yidong – the largest installations of hybrid electric port equipment in the world.

Approximately 10% of the diesel fuel emissions from cargo handling equipment at ports are emitted by RTG cranes. 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.

How Hybrid Cranes Save Fuel:

  • Regenerative braking energy is captured and stored as electricity when a container is lowered. This recaptured energy is directed to the Corvus ESS, reducing the amount of power required from the generator.
  •  In the conventional RTG configuration, the diesel generator undergoes periods of inefficient sustained idling, resulting in unnecessary fuel usage. With the Corvus ESS in place the diesel generator is shut down during traditional idling times, allowing the RTG to operate on “full electric” battery power.

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.
According to accepted standard emission calculations an energy efficiency program that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 4,700 metric tons of CO2 per year has the same impact as removing 1,000 vehicles from the road. The 21 RTGs operating with Corvus ESS technology will eliminate 5,300 metric tonnes of CO2 per year equal to removing 1,143 cars from the road each year.

“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 President & CEO Corvus Energy. “We applaud the progressive decision-making by the managers at Yidong Terminal, this terminal has now become the single largest customer for the hybrid RTG system.”

“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 RTG hybrid technology and support our goals toward significant worldwide growth in this business sector.”

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

CCCC Shanghai Equipment Engineering Co., Ltd. established on January 24, 1998, specializes in maritime engineering and project management. CCCCSEE is mainly engaged in general contracting for design, manufacturing and installation of various kinds of large-scaled working vessels and port machinery. CCCC Shanghai is also engaged in general contracting for the development and integration of communication and computer systems.

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.

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