Stena Line opts for Corvus for ferry battery refit

'Stena Jutlandica' will be a showcase ship for battery technology 'Stena Jutlandica' will be a showcase ship for battery technology

Stena Line has chosen Corvus Energy as its supplier of choice to convert one of its flagship ro-pax ferries to battery power.

The 1 MWh lithium ion-based Energy Storage System (ESS) will enable emissions-free berthing of the Stena Jutlandica, which will make Stena the first Swedish ferry operator to operate a ferry with zero emissions in port.

“The Stena Jutlandica will be a showcase ship whose impact extends beyond the boundaries of Scandinavia and the passenger ferry industry,” said Halvard Hauso, SVP, sales and key accounts at Corvus Energy.

“We are excited about working with the talented people at Stena Teknik, Callenberg, and Stena Line to bring their visions of sustainable shipping to fruition.”

EU funding

The project, which is co-financed by the European Union and Swedish Transport Administration, will initially involve employing plug-in hybrid technology that charges with shore power and draws on battery power for bow thrusters and manoeuvring when berthing in port.

But the ultimate goal is for the Stena Jutlandica to operate fully on battery power, requiring an estimated 50 MWh of stored energy for the 3 hours and 25-minute crossing between Gothenburg, Sweden and Frederikshavn, Denmark.

Stena Teknik, Stena’s marine technical solutions branch, is working with electrical system integrator Callenberg Technology Group, part of Trident Maritime Systems, to incorporate the Corvus Energy 1 MWh capacity Orca Energy ESS.

"We look forward to gathering knowledge about electric operation and continuing to explore the role that battery operation can play as an alternative to traditional fuel and eliminating emissions,” said Per Wimby, project manager at Stena Teknik.

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