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Marine Power with Toyota Fuel Cell Technology

Corvus Energy launches new maritime hydrogen system with Toyota fuel cell modules
Corvus Energy, the leading provider of zero-emission solutions for the maritime space, launched their Pelican Fuel Cell System. It features four Toyota Fuel Cell Modules in one cabinet.

Partners in the H2NOR research project

In 2021, we partnered with Corvus Energy, a Norwegian supplier for zero-emission maritime, offshore, subsea and port applications. They now announced the launch of their ground-breaking, gas-safe marine fuel cell product, the Corvus Pelican Fuel Cell System (FCS). Designed to transform the maritime industry, the new product represents a significant leap forward in safe, clean, and efficient power generation for marine vessels. The Corvus Pelican Fuel Cell System is the result of the H2NOR research project, initiated by Corvus Energy, Toyota and other partners to fast-track the development and production of sustainable and scalable Maritime Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems.

Flexible hydrogen marine system

During the two-year marine fuel cell system development, safety has been the major focus point. The close collaboration of the engineering teams allows the fuel cell modules to operate in ‘pressure safe enclosure’ suited for marine conditions. To our well-proven fuel cell technology, used in over 20.000 cars, Corvus added the safety level needed for marine. The modular system is designed to be ‘Inherently Gas Safe’, meaning that the surrounding machinery space is gas safe under all conditions. This significantly reduces the requirements of safety support systems and ventilation, enabling efficient integration of the FCS inside the ship’s hull.
Corvus Energy Pelican Fuel Cell System Opens in new window

Nor-Shipping Conference in Norway

In June, Thiebault Paquet, our VP R&D2 and Fuel Cell Business, participated in the Nor-Shipping conference event in Olso. In the presence of Norwegian Minister of Ocean Policy, Bjørnar Skjæran, he explained how Toyota’s technology has a role to play in decarbonising the marine sector. We are confident about our fuel cell reliability, however the partnership with Corvus also allows us to further expand our technology and ensures a win-win situation with future key learnings on marine requirements. Furthermore, the development of ports infrastructure and their connection to both industry and transport will be of critical importance for renewable hydrogen. 
“Toyota is committed to a multi-tech strategy towards carbon neutrality in road transport, but also in marine. Success depends on a holistic approach, bringing hydrogen supply and demand together in business viable ecosystems, with secured hydrogen uptake. Marine and ports will be at the core of ecosystem development.”
Thiebault Paquet, Head of Fuel Cell Business TME
“Our mission is to power a clean future, and through the years, we have been pioneers on a lot of different vessel types. However, batteries cannot take us all the way. If you want to sail zero-emission, you will need to bring clean energy in a different format. We strongly believe hydrogen is the natural choice for shorter and medium-distance routes as this is the most energy-efficient way. The safety level as well as the flexibility and modular design will revolutionize marine power going forward. We really need to thank Toyota and the other partners for their strong contribution – we would never have been able to take such an advanced product to the market this quickly without this strong consortium.”
Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy