Michael Thamm, Group CEO Costa Group and Carnival Asia said: ‘The electrification of our ships is another important milestone to achieve our on-going emissions-neutral ship operation goals.’
Alongside Norwegian-Canadian Corvus Energy, further partners of the project include ABB and Siemens.
Battery storage systems
The cruise line is now investigating the practical use of electrical energy from battery storage systems on board larger cruise ships. The benefit of this technology is the reduction of fossil fuels potentially increasing the efficiency of ship operations. Results gained from this pilot battery system operation will be considered for use onboard other AIDA and Costa cruise ships.
AIDA Cruises recently scooped the Blue Angel award from the German Federal Government for AIDAnova’s environmentally friendly ship design. By 2023, two more AIDA LNG vessels will be put into service.
By the end of 2020 12 of 14 AIDA cruise ships will be equipped to receive shore power where available. The cruise line is also exploring CO2-free production of liquefied gas from renewable sources and the use of fuel cells in cruise ships. The first fuel cell test is scheduled for 2021 on board an AIDA ship in cooperation with Meyer Werft and other partners.