Corvus Energy and Toyota to develop hydrogen fuel cell systems

2 February 2021 (Last Updated February 2nd, 2021 12:36)

Corvus Energy has announced that it is ready to commence the development and production of large scale maritime-certified hydrogen fuel cell systems.

Corvus Energy and Toyota to develop hydrogen fuel cell systems
Toyota will supply the mass-produced fuel cell technology and the production will take place in Norway’s Bergen. Credit: Corvus Energy.

Corvus Energy has announced that it is ready to commence the development and production of large scale maritime-certified hydrogen fuel cell systems.

The company stated that as a key partner, Toyota will supply the mass-produced fuel cell technology and production will take place in Norway’s Bergen.

Corvus, in collaboration with Equinor, ship design company LMG Marin, shipowners Norled and Wilhelmsen, the NCE Maritime CleanTech cluster and R&D institution the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN), will develop and produce PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) fuel cell systems for the global maritime industry.

State agency Innovation Norway has provided funding of around €5.2m for the project.

The technology will be tested on board a vessel for the first time in 2023. From 2024, the product will be marine-certified and will be available commercially.

On 18 December, Corvus and Toyota signed a partnership in connection with the development of the fuel cell technology.

Corvus Energy CEO Geir Bjørkeli said: “Adding fuel cell modules to our product portfolio is a natural step for Corvus and advances our vision to be the leading supplier of zero-emission marine solutions. Fuel cell technology has reached a maturity level where scale-up of systems will be the next step. Toyota is in the forefront of the development and is by far the best partner for us to make this a success.”

Toyota Motor Europe fuel cell business group director Thiebault Paquet said: “Decarbonisation is inevitable and at Toyota, we are convinced that hydrogen will play a central role in creating a better future, both environmentally and economically. Our recently established Fuel Cell Business group in Brussels is looking forward to working with Corvus Energy and the consortium members to offer fuel cell solutions for marine applications. This project will play an important role in the development of the Hydrogen Society.”

The marine fuel cell system will be designed and certified by Corvus’ new fuel cell division.

The division will utilise the Toyota fuel cell technology as a building block for developing bigger systems.

For seamless integration with power management systems, a specific marine control system that joins the battery and fuel cell operation will also be developed.

Knowledge within hydrogen safety will be provided by the development partners USN and NCE Maritime CleanTech, whereas Equinor, Norled, Wilhelmsen and LMG Marin will bring their expertise from other ongoing hydrogen projects.