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AIDA AND CORVUS ANNOUNCE COOPERATION IN CRUISE ELECTRIFICATION

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 

AIDA Cruises and battery supplier Corvus Energy have announced a cooperation agreement on electrification of the cruise industry.

Michael Thamm, Group CEO Costa Group and Carnival Asia said: "Our goal is the emissions-neutral ship operation. The electrification of our ships is another important milestone on this path. Thanks to the cooperation with Corvus Energy, already in a few month, AIDA Cruises is going to launch this innovative technology on a large cruise ship."

The Norwegian-Canadian company Corvus Energy is considered a pioneer in the development of maritime energy storage systems. Further partners of the project will be ABB and Siemens.

Following the introduction of low-emission LNG operations in cruise shipping, AIDA Cruises is now stepping up into the practical use of electrical energy from battery storage systems on board large cruise ships. Thanks to the use of this technology, the consumption of fossil fuel will be reduced further and the efficiency of ship operations will be increased significantly. It is planned to incorporate the experiences from this pilot operation of battery systems on board other AIDA and Costa cruise ships as well.

The use of a battery system on an AIDA ship is another important step in the implementation of the 'Green Cruising Strategy'. Previously, by the end of 2018, AIDA Cruises had pioneered a technology leap forward with the launch of AIDAnova, the world's first cruise ship operating entirely on low-emission LNG .

As part of its Green Cruising Strategy, AIDA is exploring the possibilities of CO2-free production of liquefied gas from renewable sources and the use of fuel cells in cruise shipping. In cooperation with Meyer Werft shipyard and other partners the first fuel cell test is scheduled on board an AIDA ship for 2021.

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