Norwegian maritime battery factory
Canadian marine energy storage company Corvus Energy has revealed the plans for a new fully automated factory for maritime batteries in Bergen, Norway.
The new factory will be located at Midtun in Bergen, about a mile south of the city centre. The supplier chosen for the production equipment is Intek Engineering AS of Raufoss, Norway and the factory will be fully operational in Q3 2019.
Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy, has clear goals for the company: “With the expected growth in the market, flexibility and increased capacity are crucial to keep our position as the leading and innovative supplier of zero emissions solutions.”
The total investment is approximately 80 MNOK ($US 9.3M) financed through equity funding and loans from DNB and Innovation Norway. Bjørkeli says the Bergen location was selected for three reasons: “First, feedback from customers stating the importance of being close to the market; second, co-location as Corvus Energy already has its European operation located in Bergen; and third, to contribute to the global-leading maritime cluster in Bergen. By being innovative, using digital and automated solutions, we establish and maintain cost-efficient production. Instead of outsourcing production to other countries, we add value to the maritime industry and build competence locally.”
The existing factory in Canada is also being upgraded with a semi-automated production line to increase capacity. All in all, Corvus Energy will increase production capacity eight-fold.
By Jake Frith
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