Norwegian company NordnesGruppen has announced that its trawler Nordbas will be retrofitted with an integrated power system for diesel-free continuous operation with renewable electricity.
The new hybrid power system is being designed by Blueday Technology. Blueday’s team have worked with NordnesGruppen to design a bespoke, hybrid energy system for Nordbas, which will be refitted at Kleven shipyard in Norway.
When deciding to rebuild Nordnes, NordnesGruppen decided to focus on reducing the environmental footprint of the renovated trawler and asked several companies to put forward proposals.
Blueday’s design covers the ship’s automations and power system and uses the power generated by the Danish seine system’s winches to regenerate the onboard energy storage system, or battery.
The system will mean that Nordbas could run on 100 per cent renewable electricity for up to several hours.
“Whoever has the ability has the duty – here we take a considerable responsibility when it comes to reducing our environmental footprint through reuse, energy optimisation, quality and utilisation of residual raw material,” said Tormund Grimstad, general manager of NordnesGruppen.
“Blueday Technology has experience and an excellent track record in advanced power system designs, and we are confident that this latest design will meet our expectations. We also appreciate Blueday’s positive cooperation during the concept development phase of this project,” added Mads Andreassen, technical superintendent at NordnesGruppen.
Hans Petter Heggebø, CEO at Blueday Technology, stated: “NordnesGruppen wanted to optimise the performance of their new trawler while making it more sustainable.
“There is a high level of innovation going into the Nordbas, and with this design we are proving that fleets can use renewable energy to improve existing ships’ performance.”