AIDA Cruises and battery supplier Corvus Energy announcecooperation and ring in electrification of the cruise industry

Published on : Tuesday, August 20, 2019

AIDA Cruises, as part of the Costa Group, Europe’s leading cruise company, startscooperation with the world’s leading marine battery supplier Corvus Energy fromNorway. On Tuesday, 20 August 2019, a corresponding agreement was signed. The aimof the cooperation is the installation of lithium-ion battery storage systems on boardthe AIDA fleet and the start of operations on the first AIDA ship in 2020.Michael Thamm, Group CEO Costa Group and Carnival Asia said: “Our goal is theemissions-neutral ship operation. The electrification of our ships is another importantmilestone on this path. Thanks to the cooperation with Corvus Energy, already in a fewmonth, AIDA Cruises is going to launch this innovative technology on a large cruiseship.”The Norwegian-Canadian company Corvus Energy is one of the most renownedsuppliers of marine batteries and is considered a pioneer in the development ofmaritime energy storage systems. Further partners of the project will be the companiesABB and Siemens.Following the introduction of low-emission LNG operations in cruise shipping, AIDACruises is now also stepping up into the practical use of electrical energy from batterystorage systems on board large cruise ships.



Thanks to the use of this technology, theconsumption of fossil fuel will be reduced further and the efficiency of ship operationswill be increased significantly. It is planned to incorporate the valuable experiencesfrom this pilot operation of battery systems on board other AIDA and Costa cruise shipsas well.The use of a battery system on an AIDA ship is another important step in theimplementation of the “Green Cruising Strategy”. Previously, by the end of 2018, AIDACruises had pioneered a technology leap forward with the launch of AIDAnova, theworld’s first cruise ship operating entirely on low-emission LNG (LNG).



Just a few daysago, AIDA Cruises was awarded the Blue Angel, the German Federal Government’secolabel for AIDAnova’s environmentally friendly ship design. By 2023, two more AIDALNG vessels will be put into service. AIDA Cruises is also a trailblazer in many other areas. As early as the end of 2020, 12 of14 AIDA cruise ships will be able to receive shore power where available. Since 2017,AIDAsol has been using the shore power plant in Hamburg-Altona in regular operation.As part of its “Green Cruising Strategy”, AIDA is also exploring the possibilities of CO2-free production of liquefied gas from renewable sources (“Power to Gas” project) or theuse of fuel cells in cruise shipping. Already in 2021, in cooperation with Meyer Werftshipyard and other partners the first fuel cell test is scheduled on board an AIDA ship



Source:- AIDA Cruises

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