Fjord1 contracts Norwegian Electric Systems for ferry conversions

Fjord1 contracts Norwegian Electric Systems for ferry conversions

Norwegian Electric Systems

The agreement will see NES supply and integrate systems onboard the three ferries

Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1 has contracted Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) to act as system integrator and deliver power control, distribution and battery systems for three ferries that will be converted from gas and diesel to battery operation. The company will also deliver equipment and control systems for four battery charging stations.

“Our role as system integrator and supplier of complete systems onboard and onshore allows us to optimise the charging versus the onboard energy requirements and thereby secure the highest possible energy efficiency,” said Martin Aasheim, sales manager at NES.

NES will equip the 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 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,” said Aasheim. “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.”

The three ferries will operate the route between Drag, Kjøpsvik and Bognes, and Skarberget in Norway once the conversions are completed. They are scheduled to return to operation on 1 December 2022.

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Alex Smith
By Alex Smith
14 July 2021

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