The First Zero-Emission Tanker Project Is Coming to Japan

The tanker will be powered by a 3,480 kWh Orca ESS.
Loukia Papadopoulos

The first zero-emission tanker is headed for Japan as early as next year. Corvus Energy will be providing the large ship's battery which will be all-electric.

"Like Norway, Japan is a maritime nation with a clear path towards a green future. The government has already announced ambitious plans to be free of carbon emissions by 2050, which will require significant decarbonization initiatives in its world-leading shipping industry," said in a statement Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) will build the ship’s propulsion system and will integrate the 3,480 kWh Orca ESS from Corvus Energy to power the vessel. The resulting e5 tanker will achieve zero emissions of CO2, NOx, SOx, and particulates.

It will also provide reduced noise and vibration which will limit noise pollution in the bay and its surrounding areas as well as for the onboard crew members. In cases of emergency, the vessel will make its battery power available to other vessels.

Corvus has already equipped nearly 400 ships with batteries, roughly a quarter of which are fully electric. But this may just be its biggest battery yet, equivalent to the size of 40 Tesla Model S battery packs.

“To be awarded this contract is a milestone for Corvus Energy as this is such an important project to be part of,” said in a statement Pradeep Datar, Vice President – Asia for Corvus Energy. “KHI has significant expertise in marine propulsion and electrical systems design and this contract shows that we are recognized for our expert knowledge as well as our ability to reliably deliver a high-performance ESS.”

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