Kawasaki Heavy Industries has selected Corvus Energy to supply the energy storage system for Asahi Tanker’s zero-emissions electric e5 tanker, which is currently under construction.
The battery-powered vessel was designed by e5 Lab, a consortium of Japanese shipping and maritime services companies, including Asahi Tanker, set up to build infrastructure services focused on electrically-powered vessels. Asahi’s vessel is the first of two all-electric vessels to be built from the e5 Lab initiative, and is expected to go into service in bunkering operations in Tokyo Bay by 2022. The ships will be built by KOA Industry and Imura Shipyard in Japan.
“Japan is an important market for Corvus Energy and a big part of our future growth strategy,” said Corvus CEO Geir Bjørkeli.
Kawasaki Heavy Industries was awarded the contract for the ship’s propulsion system, and will integrate the 3,480 kWh Orca ESS from Corvus Energy to power the vessel.
Asahi Tanker, which operates 137 vessels, says the e5 tanker will achieve zero emissions of CO2, NOx, SOx and particulates. The vessel will make its battery power available to emergency services in the case of a natural disaster in Tokyo.
Source: Corvus Energy