Five new all-electric ferries being built for Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1 would feature lithium ion battery-based energy storage systems (ESS).
Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) selected Canadian manufacturer of energy storage systems Corvus Energy to supply the systems for the five units, currently under construction in Havyard Shipyard in Leirvik, Sogn.
The five latest all-electric Havyard 932 design ferries feature a length of 67 meters. The vessels will each be able to hold 50 cars and will be equipped with air-cooled Corvus Orca Energy ESS that will supply electrical power to the ferry’s NES all-electric power and propulsion system.
The Corvus equipment is scheduled for delivery in 2019 and all five ferries will be fully operational on four additional routes in Norway by January 1, 2020.
“Fjord1 continues to forge a very progressive path towards environmentally sustainable operations with these additional all-electric ferries,” Stein Ruben Larsen, Senior Vice President Sales at NES, said.
Fjord1’s fleet modernization is the result of a number of tender competitions where low- or zero-emissions were specified by Norwegian authorities in an effort to reduce emissions from the ferry fleet. To date, Corvus Energy has supplied ESSs on eight Fjord1 electric ferries operating on four Norwegian coastal routes.