Canada-based Corvus Energy has been selected by Wärtsilä to provide its lithium ion-based energy storage system (ESS) for powering a new hybrid ferry, being built for UK’s Wightlink Ferries.

As part of the deal, Corvus Energy will provide its next-generation Orca Energy ESS solution which, along with other Wärtsilä equipment, will offer environmental efficiency to the new vessel.

Capable of carrying up to 178 vehicles and over 1,000 passengers, the ferry will enter into service in 2018.

"Orca is not only the industry’s safest and highest performing maritime ESS, it also makes great environmental and economic sense."

Once operational, the ferry will serve the crossing between the Isle of Wight and the English mainland 20 times in a day.

Corvus Energy Norway sales and marketing EVP Halvard Hauso said: “This new environmentally friendly ferry represents our third major vessel project with Wärtsilä and we are pleased that the industry leading innovation in safety, reliability and performance of Orca ESS is being recognised as the future of hybrid marine power.

“Orca is not only the industry’s safest and highest performing maritime ESS, it also makes great environmental and economic sense.”

The company noted that it has designed and built the Orca ESS solutions portfolio on the basis of more than 50 projects using its Corvus Energy ESS solution, which has already completed over 35MWh and one million operating hours.

Designed to meet various requirements of marine customers, the Orca ESS product line is suitable for use in applications, which need large amounts of energy such as ferries and merchant vessels.

Corvus Energy has also developed Orca Power for various applications that require a flawless response to dynamic power loads, including offshore supply vessels and port equipment.


Image: Rendering of Wightlink Ferries’ new hybrid ferry. Photo: courtesy of CORVUS ENERGY.