Eg: Arnfred Apeland (Atlantic Offshore), Geir Bjørkeli (Corvus) and John Bjørnar Jørgensen (Wärtsilä). Photo: Ørjan Deisz
First batteries from Corvus to Sotra shipping company
Several companies in Western Norway are involved when the battery factory Corvus Energy now delivers its first batteries to two offshore supply vessels.
by Ådne Lunde
Published 14.11.2019 15:06 / Updated 14.11.2019 16:16
The first battery delivery from the battery factory in Bergen goes to the Atlantic offshore sotrederiet, which is located at Ågotnes on Sotra. The hybrid solution is supplied by Wärtsilä at Stord, and the actual installation in the vessels “Ocean Art” and “Ocean star” takes place at Fitjar mechanical workshop in the New Year.
- Together we will create the local green jobs of the future, says Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy.
HYBRID: The batteries will contribute to lower emissions when the vessels operate in the North Sea. Photo: Ørjan Deisz
He thinks it is great to deliver the first batteries from the new factory, and extra nice that they go to local players.
- It’s a big day for the entire maritime cluster. Here, the entire community helps save the planet, he says.
Bjørkeli points out that it is now only one year since Corvus signed a contract to build a new factory, and says the driveway has gone according to plan.
- The order intake is also good. We already have enough for full production in the first two quarters of 2020, says the director.
DEVELOPMENT: Corvus is developing rapidly according to CEO Geir Bjørkeli, who shows several generations of batteries. Photo: Ørjan Deisz
- We bought batteries from Corvus earlier, but then they came from Vancouver, Canda, and it took six weeks. Now they will be driving from Midttun to Fitjar during the week, says John Bjørnar Jørgensen, head of sales and
business development, Wärtsilä.
Based on the experience of similar vessels that have used hybrid solutions, he estimates that the ships can save between ten and fifteen percent fuel.
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On Thursday, all the players were assembled for factory approval tests of the batteries, which will be delivered from the new battery factory at Midttun this week.
“A historic day,” says Bjørkeli.
According to a press release from the factory, the company has grown in sales by eight hundred percent, and from fifteen to sixty employees over the past two years. Demand is high, and Courvus is considering switching to two factory shifts in 2020.