Published: 2017-06-14

Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards 2017 announced

Ports & terminals Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards 2017 announced

Photo: Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards 2017

The ceremony took place during the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam on June 8th.

The awards were handed for the fourth time (since 2014) to those who drive the electric and hybrid marine sector with tech innovations.  

The international jury of 42 journalists, maritime experts and academics decided to honour the following:

  • Convus Energy as the Supplier of the Year for last year's business performance, namely for 87% revenue increase and for 30% of expenses spent of research and development. Other factors were the contracts for the supply and sale of 17 new Orca Energy ESS, totaling over 9 MW in energy storage, and signing a 10-year-lasting agreement to provide service and maintenance for the world's largest hybrid ferry fleet operated by Scandlines.
  • Convus Energy as the Innovation of the Year for its Orca Energy ESS. Compared to Corvus Energy's previous AT6700 ESS, the price per kWh is reduced by 50% to USD 650 kWh, as well as represents a 50% decrease in volume, too (420x163x590 mm), making it 11% lighter. Judges rewarded Corvus Energy for achieving an 80% reduction in connection and commissioning times, with the Ocra Energy ESS (125 kWh/22 modules) requiring less than two hours compared to the approx. eight hours AT6700 ESS (140 kWh/21 modules). 
  • Tor Øyvin Aa, Managing Director of Brødrene Aa, as Chief Engineer of the Year, for his successful leadership during the development of the Vision of the Fjords diesel-electric sightseeing catamaran, which was delivered to operator The Fjords in July 2016 – just 14 months after Brødrene Aa's design concept was selected for development. 
  • ABB as Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year, for a 3% increase in electrification products revenues, with a base order growth of 2% and a net income of USD 724 mln, up from USD 500 mln in the previous year. In addition, in 2016 ABB also launched its new Azipod XL podded electric propulsion unit, and delivered four Azipod propulsion units, totaling 52 MW of electric power, from Helsinki to shipyards in South Korea, where they were fitted to an LNG tanker and arctic oil tanker. Furthermore, the judges were impressed by the company’s sustainable shipping ambitions after it had signed a formal agreement with Wuchang Ship Building Group to develop greener ships in China's icebreaking and cruise sectors.
  • BB Green as Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year, for being world's first all-electric air-supported vessel (ASV), powered by a 200 kWh lithium titanate oxide energy storage system from Leclanché, two 280 kW permanent magnet electric motors from Echandia Marine, and a Volvo Penta IPS pod propulsion system specially configured for an electric driveline.
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