Corvus Energy batteries will be installed on the five all-electric ferries being built for GVB at Holland Shipyards Group in the Netherlands Photo: Corvus Energy
Corvus Energy has been selected by Holland Ship Electric to supply lithium ion battery-based energy storage systems (ESS) for five new all-electric ferries being built by Holland Shipyard Group for Amsterdam’s municipal public transport provider, GVB.
The ferries will operate on three of the North Sea Canal routes, replacing the current fleet built in the 1930s and transporting more than 350,000 cars each year. GVB plans to have a hybrid or fully electric fleet by 2025.
“Corvus Energy is very proud to be selected as supplier for these prestigious projects and to contribute to huge emissions savings in the North Sea Canal,” said Kim Strate Kiegstad, vice president sales at Corvus Energy.
“We see that the adoption rate for maritime energy storage systems is increasing significantly across the globe – and especially in Europe. We do expect that almost every future newbuild will have some kind of energy efficiency solution included,” he added.
The five new all-electric ferries are of the Ijveer design and will be built by Holland Shipyard Group in the Netherlands. Each ferry is 41 metres in length, 13.9 metres wide and 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 first ferry will arrive in the summer of 2021. After that, one will arrive every six months, until 2023.