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CORVUS AND GRIMALDI COMPLETE TWIN RO-PAX BATTERY RETROFIT PROJECT

Friday, July 5, 2019 

Corvus Energy has completed the installation of a 5.5 MWh battery energy storage systems (ESS) for each of the two ro-pax cruise ferries “Cruise Barcelona” and “Cruise Roma” owned and operated by the Italian Grimaldi Group. The vessel can operate solely on battery power and with zero emissions for up to four hours during port stay.

“The Corvus energy storage system is an important component in our vision for sustainable shipping,” said Andrea D’Ambra, Energy Saving Technical Department at Grimaldi Euromed, which operates PCTCs, ro-ro and passenger ferries in the Mediterranean Sea and Northern Europe.

“An ESS this massive had never before been retrofitted onboard a cruise ferry vessel. It’s clear now that if shipowners are willing to go green, the technology exists,” said Roger Rosvold, SVP Sales, Corvus Energy. “We are extremely proud to be chosen to supply such a groundbreaking installation.”

“The Grimaldi Group is a highly skilled and experienced shipowner. We are impressed with their commitment to reduce emissions from their operating fleet and their in-depth knowledge on what can be done,” said Rosvold. “Good collaboration and close partnership are key in developing new and innovative solutions to accelerate the adoption of green technology. At Corvus, we will continue to drive technology further by pushing boundaries for the use of batteries.”

The two projects started with technical teams from Grimaldi and Corvus Energy sailing aboard Cruise Barcelona to evaluate the optimal electrical and mechanical integration of an energy storage system. With the assistance from the Grimaldi on-site team, this challenging project has been successfully completed on budget, on time and on spec.

Ronald Hansen, EVP Service & Aftermarket at Corvus Energy said: “When we work closely together with the shipowner to clearly understand their operational needs, we can give better advice on the optimal ESS solution.”

D’Ambra added: “We were impressed not only with Corvus’ battery technology and safety features, but also with the company’s knowledge and competence on mechanical, electrical and power systems for the maritime industry.”

Corvus Energy provides battery power to more hybrid or all-electric ferries than all other providers of energy storage systems combined. Corvus offers the innovative Orca ESS solutions portfolio and has experience from 200+ projects, totaling over 200 MWh and more than 2 million operating hours.

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