Following an order from Ulstein Power & Control, Corvus Energy will provide energy storage systems (ESS) for two Construction Service Operation Vessels (CSOVs) set to be constructed for Norwegian shipowner Olympic. Corvus Energy’s Orca ESS has been chosen for the installation.
Once built, the vessels – which are based on the Ulstein SX222 design with a Twin-X Stern – will benefit from a hybrid battery propulsion system. The Twin-X Stern has also been optimized for low energy consumption. With the vessels staying positioned at turbines during operations, the main propellers are situated fore and aft to ensure a reduction in energy consumption.
To further improve the vessels’ sustainability credentials, both have been futureproofed and prepared for running on methanol fuel. The boats also have extra space for additional battery capacity to enable full-electric repowering when infrastructure becomes available. The vessels are scheduled for delivery in spring and summer 2023.
“We are very proud to be the chosen supplier for these projects,” said Pål Ove Husøy, vice president sales, Corvus Energy. “This is also a very important market for Corvus Energy as we see increased interest for batteries from the entire Offshore Wind segment along with larger and larger battery installations. Due to the operational profile of SOVs, the potential for reducing emissions and costs by installing batteries is very high. This contract will be the largest battery installation for SOVs so far.
“This segment is also next in line for full zero-emission operations. With requirements for even larger battery systems, we see that our newly developed Corvus Blue Whale ESS has great potential for this vessel type. Blue Whale is a ground-breaking energy storage system specifically designed to meet large energy requirements and can enable emission-free operations for much longer periods of time.”