Fjord1 converts ferries to run on battery power

Fjord1 converts ferries to run on battery power
From left to right: Stein Ruben Larsen, SVP sales at Norwegian Electric Systems; Martin Aasheim, sales manager at Norwegian Electric Systems; and Nils Kristian Berge, project and technology director at Fjord1 ASA

Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1 has contracted Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) to act as system integrator and deliver power control, distribution and battery systems to three ferries that will be converted from gas and diesel propulsion to zero emission battery operation.

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.

“Our role as system integrator and supplier of complete systems on board and onshore allows us to optimise the charging versus the on-board energy requirements and thereby secure the highest possible energy efficiency. Or put simply, reduce opex to an absolute minimum,” said Martin Aasheim at NES.

NES, which is a subsidiary of Oslo-listed HAV Group ASA, will design, assemble, and test the systems at its headquarters at Godvik outside 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. The latter allows us to optimise the entire power system conversion and reduce risk for both the yard and the shipowner,” added Aasheim

Going forward, NES will work closely with the chosen conversion yards to optimise the delivery for the most energy-efficient operation possible.

NES already has installed battery systems on board 18 zero emission ferries. The latest contract with Fjord1 will bring the total installed base to 21.

Once converted, the three vessels will operate in the ferry services Drag – Kjøpsvik and Bognes – Skarberget in Nordland county, North Norway. Fjord1 commences its operation December 1, 2022.