Canada’s Corvus Energy has landed a contract to supply lithium-ion battery-based energy storage systems (ESS) for five new all-electric ferries to be built by Holland Shipyards Group for GVB, Amsterdam’s municipal public transport provider.
Kim Strate Kiegstad, vice president sales at Corvus Energy, said: “We see that the adoption rate for maritime Energy Storage Systems is increasing significantly across the globe – and especially in Europe. In every market, this is a process that needs to mature. Companies such as GVB leading by example will help local shipbuilding and shipowners increase their level of knowledge of the technology and its benefits. We do expect that almost every future newbuild will have some kind of energy efficiency solution included.”
The ferries will operate on three of the North Sea Canal routes, replacing the current fleet built in the 1930s.
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The first new ferry will arrive in the summer of 2021. After that, one will arrive every six months, until 2023.
Each ferry is 41 meters in length, is 13,9 meters wide, holds 20 cars, four trucks, or 400 passengers. The ferries will be equipped with air-cooled Corvus Orca Energy ESS that will supply electrical power to the ferry’s all-electric power and propulsion system.
The replacement of the ferries is in line with the sustainability goals set by GVB and the Municipality of Amsterdam to provide zero-emission public transport in Amsterdam and surroundings. The aim of GVB’s newbuilding and retrofit program is for its entire fleet to be hybrid or fully electric by 2025.
John van der Sluis, ceo at Holland Ship Electric, remarked: “With Corvus as our supplier, we also want to expand our business further. With the new batteries from Corvus, we are able to equip ships with bigger power demands which mean that we expand the number of hybrid vessels.”