Europe’s leading cruise company has teamed up with one of the most renowned suppliers of marine batteries to install lithium-ion battery storage systems on board its fleet.
“Our goal is emissions-neutral ship operation,” said Michael Thamm, group CEO Costa Group and Carnival Asia. “The electrification of our ships is another important milestone on this path. Thanks to the cooperation with Corvus Energy, AIDA Cruises is going to launch this innovative technology on a large cruise ship.”
Following the introduction of low-emission LNG operations in cruise shipping, AIDA Cruises is now moving into the practical use of electrical energy from battery storage systems on board large cruise ships. Thanks to the use of this technology, the consumption of fossil fuel will be reduced further and the efficiency of ship operations will be significantly increased. The plan is to incorporate the valuable experience from this pilot operation of battery systems on board other AIDA and Costa cruise ships as well. The aim of the Corvus-Carnival cooperation is the installation of lithium-ion battery storage systems on board the AIDA fleet and the start of operations on the first AIDA ship in 2020.
Norwegian-Canadian company Corvus Energy is one of the most renowned suppliers of marine batteries and is considered a pioneer in the development of maritime energy storage systems. Further partners of the project will be ABB and Siemens.