Carnival Corporation recently announced that its German brand AIDA Cruises has signed an agreement with Corvus Energy, a marine battery supplier. The agreement was signed August 20.
The installation and operation of lithium-ion battery storage systems onboard the AIDA Cruises fleet begins with the electrification of the first AIDA ship in 2020. The goal of the partnership is to – for the first time – allow for the practical use of electrical energy from battery storage systems onboard large cruise ships.
AIDA’s pilot program in electrification will test the system’s use of stored battery power for emission-free ship operation for an extended period as well as to meet onboard energy needs. Following the pilot electrification program aboard an AIDA vessel, the effort will expand to Carnival Corporation’s popular Italian brand, Costa Cruises.
In December 2018, AIDA Cruises made history with the introduction of the world’s first cruise ship capable of being powered in port and at sea by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel. The introduction of LNG to power cruise ships is a major achievement in green cruising that supports the company’s environmental goals with the virtual total elimination of sulfur dioxide emissions (zero emissions) and particulate matter (95% to 100% reduction). The use of LNG will also substantially reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide.
AIDA Cruises’ newest ship, AIDAnova, was recently named the first-ever cruise ship to be awarded the Blue Angel certification by Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment for its environmentally friendly ship design. Since 2000, every ship built for AIDA Cruises has “cold ironing” or shore power capabilities, which allow for connecting directly into the land-based electrical grid while in port where the infrastructure is available. With “cold ironing,” the air emissions are managed and regulated under the emission control requirements at the power plant supplying the port. By the end of 2020, 12 of AIDA’s 14 ships will be able to use shore power where available.
In addition, AIDA is also exploring the use of CO2-free production of liquefied gas from renewable sources through its “Power to Gas” project. The brand also plans to test its first onboard fuel cell in 2021, in cooperation with the Meyer Werft shipyard and other partners. By the end of 2023, 94% of all AIDA guests will travel on ships that can be fully powered by low-emission LNG or shore power where possible.