Corvus Energy, headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, is expanding its battery manufacturing capability in Canada and at a new factory in Bergen, Norway. The company is a leader in providing electric propulsion capability to ships and ferries. Last year, it secured a 10-year contract to provide batteries and support services to Scandlines, one of the largest cargo and passenger ferry operators in Scandinavia. It has also been selected by Color Line, one of the largest ferry companies in Norway, to supply the batteries and propulsion technology for Color Hybrid, the largest hybrid ferry in the world. The 525′ long vessel will carry 2,000 passengers and 500 cars.
“There is an electric revolution going on in the maritime sector, and we want to deliver the best solutions in the industry. These strategic locations of our R&D and production facilities will enable us to quickly test and develop new systems that can meet the future needs of the industry. Further, by switching from manual processing to automated production, we will increase production capacity and remain price-competitive,” Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy, tells CleanTechnica via e-mail.
Thanks to strong demand for electric propulsion solutions in the shipping industry, Corvus Energy is expanding its Vancouver factory. When work is completed early next year, the new facility will be semi-automated and have the ability to make 200 MWh of batteries annually. It will also include a new research, design, and engineering facility. In addition, a 400 MWh fully automated factory and a new marine system testing and development facility will be built in the Bergen region of Norway to meet strong demand for hybrid energy systems in the Norwegian offshore and shipping sectors. That factory is scheduled for completion in the middle of next year.
“We have a strong maritime cluster in Western Norway, and the Corvus facility will strengthen our position as a global hub within maritime environmental technology. With a battery factory in the Bergen area, the industry will have close access to core products that are vital to ensuring that shipping is more environmentally friendly and more profitable for the ship owners,” says Hege Økland, CEO of NCE Maritime CleanTech.
Scandinavia gets much of its electricity from renewable sources, so the hybrid vessels help eliminate diesel emissions and replace them with zero carbon power. Not as sexy as batteries for the automotive sector, perhaps, but vital to the need to reduce global emissions from all sources. Corvus Energy also builds batteries for heavy equipment and other industrial applications.