Fjord1 has awarded a contract for battery technology systems on its project to convert three ferries from gas and diesel engines to zero-emissions battery propulsion
Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1 has contracted Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) to act as system integrator and deliver power control, distribution and battery systems for the three ferries.
"Our next step is to contribute to further optimise the ferry transport segment by improving energy efficiency of each ferry crossing through machine learning and partial autonomy,’ said NES managing director Geir Larsen.
Once converted, the three vessels will operate ferry services between Drag-Kjøpsvik and Bognes-Skarberget in Nordland county, North Norway. Fjord1 said it has a target date to begin the vessel’s operations on 1 December 2022.
NES said it will also deliver equipment and control systems for four battery charging stations to Fjord1.
The announcement that Fjord1 will convert the three vessels comes on the back of an announcement Fjord1 will retrofit its car ferry Lote from diesel engines to battery power.
Under the contract, NES will equip the three ferries with batteries, charging systems, new generators and upgrades of the AC circuit boards and automation systems. For the battery charging stations, the company will supply charging towers, power electronics and control systems.
NES, a subsidiary of Oslo-listed HAV Group ASA, will design, assemble, and test the systems at its headquarters at Godvik, outside of Bergen, Norway.
“These projects are not only about combining different pieces of technology. The most valuable contribution we bring to these projects is our role as system integrator [which] allows us to optimise the entire power system conversion and reduce risk for both the yard and the shipowner,” said NES sales manager Martin Aasheim.
"Our role as system integrator and supplier of complete systems on board and onshore allows us to optimise the charging versus the onboard energy requirements and thereby secure the highest possible energy efficiency. Or put simply, reduce opex to an absolute minimum," said Mr Aasheim.
NES has installed battery systems on board 18 zero-emissions ferries. The latest contract with Fjord1 will bring the company’s total installed base to 21.