Corvus Energy Orca ESS Passes NMA Thermal Runaway Propagation Testing

Published Sep 29, 2016
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Corvus Energy’s next-generation Orca Energy Storage System successfully passed the Norwegian Maritime Authority thermal runaway propagation test 1 with a cell-level isolation design which does not require any active cooling (photo: Corvus Energy)

Corvus Energy has announced that their next generation energy storage system (ESS), Orca Energy, has officially passed thermal runaway propagation testing as defined by the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA). The testing, which was officially witnessed by the NMA and DNV-GL, included three tests in strict compliance with NMA circular Propagation Test 1.

“By successfully passing NMA Propagation Test 1, we have achieved our objective of designing Orca to be the safest ESS in the industry,” says Andrew Morden, Corvus Energy’s President & CEO. “Our engineers were challenged to create a revolutionary ESS product line that would, above all else, ensure the safety of passengers, crews, vessels and the environment under the most extreme conditions. With the Orca ESS platform, they have achieved that goal.”

The Norwegian Maritime Authority is the administrative and supervisory authority in matters related to safety of life, health, material values and the environment, on vessels flying the Norwegian flag and foreign ships in Norwegian waters. The NMA encourages shipping companies to maintain high standards of safety and minimise harmful emissions.

DNV-GL is the world’s leading classification society and a recognised advisor for the maritime industry. DNV-GL’s objective is to enhance safety, quality, energy efficiency and environmental performance of the global shipping industry – across all vessel types and offshore structures.

The NMA circular specifies two ways to conduct the tests. In the stricter “Propagation Test 1”, fire suppression and other auxiliary systems are not permitted during the test series. The less strict “Propagation Test 2” allows fire suppression to be used during the test series. Corvus Energy conducted more than 20 thermal runaway tests during the Orca ESS development program. Orca ESS has been proven to pass the strict Propagation Test 1, universally considered the toughest guideline to meet in the Maritime ESS industry.

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