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Monday, October 18, 2021 

Lithium-ion battery and energy storage system (ESS) supplier Corvus Energy has received its 500th project order, one of the largest in the company's history. for the supply of the 5,288 kWh batteries for each of three zero-emission harbour tugs to be built by Sanmar Shipyards for delivery to HaiSea Marine in Canada.

HaiSea Marine is majority owned by the Haisla Nation in partnership with Seaspan ULC, and will operate the three battery-powered harbour tugs to berth/unberth LNG carriers at the LNG Canada export terminal in Kitimat, Canada following commissioning of the plant around 2025.

Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy, said: "Reaching project number 500 is a significant milestone for Corvus Energy and for the maritime community. Corvus batteries make up over half of all the energy storage capacity deployed on board ships today. We estimate that our batteries have saved over 300m litres of diesel, avoiding almost 1bn kg of CO2 emissions. That’s a track record in which we take immense pride. Our energy storage systems are now in a wide range of coastal, short sea, inland, subsea and port applications in hybrid and fully battery-powered configurations. Soon, in combination with the maritime fuel cell that Corvus is developing in partnership with Toyota, our energy storage systems will help replace fossil fuels and GHG emissions on ocean-going ships as well.”

According to Corvus, while much of the groundwork and adoption of hybrid and electric marine technologies to date has been in the Nordic countries, the maritime communities in North America and Asia are now investing heavily to meet ambitious emissions reduction targets.

Bjørkeli added: “We are expanding our global production capacity and sales and service network in response to demand from multiple sectors. Ship owners and ship builders around the world can be confident in their ability to access and leverage our expertise and market-leading technologies in their upcoming projects.”

Corvus Energy believes that this success is due to the engaged support of its strategic investors in the energy and maritime industry. Equinor Ventures, Norsk Hydro, BW Group and Shell Ventures have all contributed largely to the growth and scaling of the company.

Geert van de Wouw, VP Shell Ventures, said: “We have seen Corvus grow from being one of the pioneers in battery systems to a trusted brand in the marine industry. Supporting their journey to scale up and build a strong customer base has been a privilege."

Corvus Energy aims to drive towards a net zero emission future for shipping. Through new products, improved services, and new business models—as well as sharing technology and supporting the development of new standards for shipping — the company will push technology forward to power a clean future.

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