Holland Ship Electric has selected Corvus Energy to supply lithium ion battery-based energy storage systems (ESS) for the five new all-electric ferries being built by Holland Shipyard Group for Amsterdam’s municipal public transportation provider, GVB (see earlier story).
The ferries will operate on three of GVB’s North Sea Canal routes, replacing the current fleet built in the 1930s. The routes in the North Sea Canal are among GVB’s busiest routes, transporting more than 350,000 cars each year.
The replacement of the current ferries is in line with the zero-emission public transportation sustainability goals set by GVB and the Municipality of Amsterdam. The aim of GVB’s extensive newbuilding and retrofit program is that its entire fleet will be hybrid or fully electric by 2025.
Each ferry is 41 meters in length, 13.9 meters wide and can carry 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 new ferry will arrive in the summer of 2021. After that, one will arrive every six months, until 2023.
“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,” says 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. 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.”