Energy storage company Corvus Energy will develop and produce sustainable, large-scale maritime-certified hydrogen fuel cell systems, with technology supplied by Toyota.
With €5.2m in funding, Corvus is spearheading a collaboration with Equinor, Norled and Willhelmsen, LMG Marin, the NCE Maritime CleanTech and University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) to develop and produce the PEM systems for the international marine market.
The consortium hopes to showcase its first marine fuel cell system onboard a vessel in 2023. It is hoped the product will then be marine certified and available for commercial delivery from 2024.
“Adding fuel cell modules to our product portfolio is a natural step for Corvus and advances our vision to be the leading supplier of zero emission marine solutions,” said Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy.
“Fuel cell technology has reached a maturity level where scale-up of systems will be the next step. Toyota is in the forefront of the development and is by far the best partner for us to make this a success.”
The news follows Corvus and Toyota signed a partnership on 18th December (2020), which secured Corvus’ access to proven fuel cell technology while enabling large-scale production and competitive pricing.
“Decarbonisation is inevitable and at Toyota, we are convinced that hydrogen will play a central role in creating a better future, both environmentally and economically,” said Thiebault Paquet, Director of the Fuel Cell Business Group at Toyota Motor Europe.
“Our recently established Fuel Cell Business group in Brussels is looking forward to working with Corvus Energy and the consortium members to offer fuel cell solutions for marine applications. This project will play an important role in the development of the Hydrogen Society.”