AIDA Cruises and Corvus Energy have signed a deal to retrofit the AIDAperla with a 10MW battery pack in 2020. It will be the largest battery storage system to be installed on a passenger ship and the first for a ship from Corvus Energy’s new production facility in Norway.

The battery storage system can be charged with shore power and during sea operation (peak load shaving). The systems may also contribute for an extended period of time, for example during port mooring or during ship maneuvers.

Twelve of AIDA’s fourteen cruise ships will be fitted for shore power over the next few years. Since 2017, AIDAsol has been using the shore power plant in Hamburg-Altona in regular operation.

Corvus Energy’s new battery facility in Bergen, Norway, will supply the company’s largest market, the growing European market. The battery factory comprises a robotized and digitized production line with 9 robotic stations and a capacity of up to 400 MWh per year. All processes, from unpacking incoming parts to testing the finished battery modules, are completely automated.