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Canada: A burst of innovation on the Calgary tarmac

Clean energy boosts bottom line

Richmond, B.C.-based Corvus Energy has announced that WestJet is the first airline in the world to implement its new technology, a baggage tug powered by rechargeable lithium polymer batteries.

“The tug,” a press release states, “which resembles a small tractor, pulls baggage carts to and from the aircraft.” WestJet showcased the innovation at an event in Calgary on Sunday.

Corvus claims its battery packs have a power punch that’s comparable to diesel engines in hybrid and fully electric vehicles. A story in the Vancouver Sun points out the lithium battery-powered baggage tractor in use by WestJet has been tested at Calgary airport since October and successfully performed in frigid temperatures.

Corvus president and CEO Brent Perry told the newspaper the payback, which will come in the form of savings on fuel costs, is estimated at two years. “That means the project already makes financial sense before you consider the environmental benefits,” the story reads.


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