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FIVE ZERO-EMISSION PROPULSION SYSTEMS DELIVERED FROM NES

Monday, August 17, 2020 

Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) has recently completed the delivery of five zero emission propulsion systems to Fjord1 ferries outfitted at Havyard Ship Technology shipyard in Sogn, Norway.

The ferries have a capacity of 50 cars and will operate fully electric at four different ferry-crossings along the western coast of Norway. Crossing time for the ferries varies from 13 to 30 minutes depending on route.

“With these ferries, NES has now a total of 19 fully electric or hybrid electric ferries operating in Norway”, said project manager Jan Kåre Sundgot. “The success criteria for these projects is the world leading competence and experience we have gained through several similar projects over the last four years”

The ferries were delivered in 2.5 years, from contract signing to handover of ferry number 5. The delivery from NES includes complete propulsion package with charging systems, batteries, Quadro Master DC switchboards, AC switchboards, generators, and automation systems (IAS/PMS), NavCom and Bridge Consoles including Autocross system.

Quadro Master is a modular DC system that is based on technology which has proven to be reliable and efficient. The Quadro Master can be used on vessels where DC voltage would be applicable.

NES is also responsible for the onshore charging systems for these ferries. The ferries need to charge the batteries at both sides of the crossing, which means a total of eight shore charging stations. Hull number 141 Fedjebjørn, which operates between Fedje and Sævrøy, needs more energy for one crossing than the grid company can deliver. By installing batteries on shore, NES has boosted the charging power and helped stabilise the grid. NES is constantly monitoring to ensure the grid is not overloaded.

Hull number 142 Bømlafjord will operate between Langevåg and Buavåg in Bømlo, while hull number 145 Stangvikfjord will operate between Kvanne and Rykkjem. The last two ferries, Smøla and Møringen will operate between Edøya and Sandvika.

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