Corvus Energy was selected to provide Kawasaki Heavy Industries with an energy storage system (ESS) for the zero emission e5 electric tanker it builds, the world’s first zero emission tanker. The electric tanker is being built for Asahi Tanker Co. in Tokyo
The battery-powered vessel was designed by e5 Lab Inc., which is a consortium of leading Japanese shipping and marine services companies. One such company is Asahi Tanker Co. which aims to build infrastructure services aimed at vessels with electricity. The new vessel for Asahi Tanker is the first of two electronic vessels to be built from e5 Lab. It should be in bunkering service in Tokyo Bay by 2022. The vessels will be built by two companies – KOA Industry Co. and Imura Shipyard Co.
Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy, spoke about the importance of the Japanese market. “Japan is an important market for Corvus Energy and a major part of our future growth strategy,” Bjørkeli said. “Like Norway, Japan is a maritime country with a clear path to a green future. The government has already announced ambitious plans to get rid of carbon emissions by 2050, which will require major disarmament campaigns in its world-leading shipping industry. ”
In September 2020, Kawasaki Heavy Industries was awarded the contract for the ship’s moving system. It will power the 3,480 kWh Orca ESS from Corvus Energy to power the vessel. Ohno Tatsuya from Kawasaki Heavy Industries spoke about Corvus Energy’s experience. “Corvus Energy has a battery and marine market experience unlike any other,” said Tatsuya. “They have been an excellent partner in other projects, and we are excited to be working with Corvus again on this innovative project. “
Pradeep Datar, Vice President of Asia for Corvus Energy, noted that this was a milestone for Corvus Energy. “KHI has specialist expertise in marine motion design and electrical systems and this contract demonstrates that we are known for our expertise as well as our ability to reliably deliver high performance ESS,” said Datar. .
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