As demand for battery systems in hybrid ships grows, industry pioneer Corvus is adding to its manufacturing capacity.
A new fully automated factory in Norway and semi-automated factory in Canada will increase production capacity eight-fold. The plans for a Norwegian plant were announced earlier this year but now Corvus has signed contracts for the plant and production equipment. 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 Raufoss, Norway and the factory will be fully operational in Q3 2019.
Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy, said, “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 $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 automated production was developed through a concept study conducted with Sintef Manufacturing and will enable increased flexibility and scalability in addition to series production and implemention of new products. “State-of-the-art production equipment in combination with digitalisation and innovative production techniques makes this a unique solution with a total capacity of 400 MWh.
Corvus’ 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.