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Green Marine Technology
GREEN MARINE SOLUTIONS
Norway’s ? rst battery powered ferry, the Ampere, marks a year of crossings.
Photo: handout Norled/Lars Jacob Engelsen of Norled)
Norway’s Battery Charges
BY WILLIAM STOICHEVSKI
What do a global climate conference, two Canadian energy storage companies and 12
Norwegian ferry tenders have in common?
They might change shipping. ashed to the European Union marine energy-storage expertise and “fully electri? ed” 120-car ferry on shore Foremost are the Canadian engineers (the EU), Norway is on a keeping them interested with a num- charges of cheap, plentiful Norwegian behind heavyweight PBES. They join a battery-charged “clean ? eets” ber of incentives: cash and access to its hydropower, and now landing stages that burgeoning Norway-focused battery fo-
L drive which coincides with powerful ? eets and famous yards. Oslo recharge provide the template for port rum that includes compatriot company new EU emissions rules that preempt is betting its “battery forum” will tip the plug-ins across Europe. Ports are at the Corvus Energy, a business founded by
International Maritime Organization scales away from other marine green- heart of Europe’s clean-cities campaign. the founders of PBES. The Canadians’ (IMO) consensus on how to pollute less. tech. arrival means “the pieces are now in
The best marine battery minds are now The ? rst stately move toward battery Battery Forum place.” Others include ZEM, an out? t in Norway, and it’s all in-line with IMO dominance is applying 2.3 billion kro- Still Europe’s No. 1 petroleum suppli- very near class standard bearer DNV states agreeing in Paris this past Decem- ner of a 67 billion kroner “climate fund” er, Norway could now become a world GL. Propulsion and shore-charge experts ber to set national emissions goals. and 500 million of its nitrogen-oxide energy-storage giant — its pipelines to ABB and Cavotec round out the heavy-
If the Norwegians have their way, ship (NOx tax) fund in support of near-shore, Europe augmented by battery production weights working here on solutions for owners and operators could soon have zero-emissions shipping technology lines. It’s the goal now being realized by ferries, offshore vessels, work boats and another way to pollute less and cut fuels — starting with ferry tenders. In 2015, the Who’s Who of battery power recent- ? shing vessels. costs. Norway is incubating the world’s ferry operator NORLED AS steamed its ly assembled here. “There’s a lot of great products out 44 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News • MARCH 2016
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