Showing posts with label Lithium ion battery. Show all posts
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Marine battery market is charging up rapidly

Hybrid propulsion with batteries is changing marine propulsion for the better, and not just in the OSV sector.

Earlier this month I noted that although the market for offshore support vessels remains depressed for the time being, when it recovers, all newbuilds will have batteries. Well, maybe not absolutely all of them, but a good number of those built for more sophisticated markets.

Battery suppliers such as Plan B Energy Storage predict that most new vessels will have a battery room, with options for energy storage either integrated at the newbuild stage or added later. If not a battery room as such they may well have a containerised/modular battery pack.

As I noted here,  recent months have seen further important developments in battery-based hybrid energy systems for OSVs, including a platform supply vessel in which a hybrid power system replaced a generator.

Norway’s NOx funds wants to help owners refitting vessels that are on long-term contracts with hybrid energy solutions based on batteries. It has set a deadline for of 30 June 2018 for owners who want to apply for support for PSVs engaged on term charters.

This week also saw global aluminium supplier Hydro make a significant investment in Corvus Energy, which has number of contracts for batteries for OSVs. Hydro sees energy storage and battery solutions as an increasingly important part of the future of energy systems as whole. It’s right to do so. Batteries are being fitted on all kinds of vessels, from tugs to ferries to research ships. FinFerries and Siemens talk about the hybrid ferry Elektra here.

For the time being, the batteries in hybrid energy solutions for ships are being supplied by OEMs, but given the way demand is growing I’m sure it can’t be long before one of the battery companies is snapped up by a major marine industry player.

via OSJ

Norsk Hydro invests in Corvus Energy

photo credit: Corvus Energy

Richmond, BC based Corvus Energy is jointly held by management, BW Group, Statoil Technology Invest, investors affiliated with El Cuervo Holdings Limited Partnership, Canadian and US family offices and private investors.
Corvus Energy provides high power energy storage in the form of modular lithium ion battery systems. Its purpose-built, field-proven battery systems provide sustained power to hybrid and all-electric heavy industrial equipment, including large marine propulsion drives.
“Corvus is extremely pleased to have Hydro join our ownership team,” said Willie Wagen, Global VP of Sales & Marketing. Adding, “The experience and financial support of Hydro will enable Corvus to scale our operations and accelerate our market penetration even further.”
Established in 1905, Hydro is one of the world’s largest fully integrated aluminum companies, with over 35,000 employees, and operations in 40 countries on all continents.
Hydro was attracted to Corvus not only for the commercial viability of the technology as the adoption of battery power for all-electric and hybrid marine applications increases, but also in consideration of their own future power needs. Based in Norway and rooted in more than a century of experience in renewable energy, technology and innovation, Hydro is committed to strengthening the viability of its customers and communities, shaping a sustainable future through innovative aluminum solutions.
“We see that energy storage and battery solutions are an increasingly important part of the future of energy systems, and as a significant energy player-both as a power producer and consumer of energy-we want Hydro to be developing this industry further,” said Executive Vice President for energy and business development at Hydro, Arvid Moss.