Corvus Energy launches containerised battery room system

Corvus Energy has launched a containerised and modular battery room solution designed to offer maximum flexibility in battery-on-board (BOB) vessel applications.

In a statement issued today (19 January), the company said that the Corvus BOB is available in both 10-foot and 20-foot ISO high-cube container sizes.

The complete energy storage system (ESS) comes with battery modules, battery monitoring system (BMS), cooling, TR exhaust, and firefighting and detection system.

Corvus said the battery room’s plug and play design ‘simplifies integration into any system integrator’s power management system onboard a ship’.

The company also believes that the Corvus BOB will provide a ‘supporting gateway’ for the integration of future fuels technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells into vessels.

‘The Corvus BOB is a flexible, cost-effective energy storage solution that reduces complexity and risk for the system integrator, shipowners and design companies,’ said Ronald Hansen, SVP Ship Solutions at Corvus Energy and project lead.

‘With the Corvus BOB, they get a fully approved stand-alone battery room without having to spend time on the configuration inside. The BOB is suitable for both retrofits and newbuilds and we are confident that the solution will enhance project planning and schedules in addition to save time and cost for transportation, installation and commissioning. Being a fully scalable ESS with a standard ISO footprint also makes it an ideal solution for projects where increased capacity is needed. We will continue working closely with all integrators to provide them with the best possible solutions.’

Corvus said that Shell has been ‘the major driving force’ behind the modular and standardised thinking, adding that the energy major ‘believes that owners and operators of many vessel types will benefit significantly from the flexibility offered by a modular, containerised battery system’.

Bo Jardine, Shell’s Global Category Manager – Marine, responsible for chartering offshore support vessels (OSVs), commented: ‘Batteries are going to be on board as the industry decarbonises, regardless of which fuel are used now or in the future.

‘The benefit of a containerised battery system is that you can add more containers if additional capacity is needed or move containers to another vessel in your fleet if charter contracts or operational requirements require it. It is easy to exchange the ESS when new technology is available and take the ESS off for a second life onshore. Upfront builders’ risk in the shipyard is reduced via the ability to pre-test and assure the battery solution before integration into a vessel. Furthermore, costly rework to the vessel is avoided and turnaround to change battery capacity is faster.’

The first Corvus BOB system will incorporate the Corvus Orca ESS and the system will be DNV-GL type approved.

In the near future, the company added, standardised Corvus BOB containers will be available with the full range of Corvus batteries, so that customers can choose the battery type and unit size best suited for each project application.

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor