Also explore the use of fuel cells among other possibilities to minimize emissions
The cruise company AIDA Cruises, belonging to the Costa Group, has signed a cooperation agreement with the marine battery supplier Corvus Energy, one of the most important in the sector in this field, to launch a pilot project to install these systems aboard one of his ships in 2020.
The objective of this alliance is the installation of battery systems on board one of the ships of the fleet, which will become the first shipping company in the world to carry out an electrification project.
The shipping company envisages the incorporation of battery systems on board other cruise ships, after the test in this pilot project, in which in addition to the participation of the Norwegian-Canadian company Corvus Energy, companies such as ABB and Siemens are listed as project partners.
Following the introduction into the cruise industry of low-emission fossil fuel – Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) -, AIDA Cruises will become next year the first company to use the electric power provided by on-board battery storage systems of the cruise ships.
As a first step, Corvus Energy will equip an AIDA ship with a lithium-ion battery storage system until the summer of 2020. «Thanks to the use of this technology, the ship’s operation efficiency will be significantly increased and, with it, fossil fuel consumption will be reduced, «says the shipping company.
LONG-TERM EFFECTIVE: «BOATS WITHOUT EMISSIONS»
«Our long-term objective is the operation of ships without emissions,» said CEO of the Costa and Carnival Asia Group, Michael Thamm, who stressed the important step this project represents in its ‘Green Cuising’ strategy, which added to the die at the end of 2018 when Aida Cruises presented the world’s first ship powered by LNG.
Within this strategy, the shipping company is also exploring the possibilities of producing CO2-free liquefied gas from renewable sources (‘Power to Gas’ project) or the use of fuel cells in the cruise industry. The first fuel cell test is scheduled aboard a German-branded ship by 2021, in collaboration with the Meyer Werft shipyard and other partners.
The Costa Group, based in Genoa (Italy) and part of the giant of the Carnival Corporation cruise ship, has a fleet of 28 ships of the Costa Cruises brands, the German AIDA Cruises and Costa Asia, which have a capacity of 85,000 beds . The fleet will be reinforced with five new ships in 2023.