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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 

Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) has won a contract from Green Yard Kleven to deliver an energy design and smart control solution to Rem Offshores new ship for the offshore wind service market, which will be the first in this segment with a fully-integrated NES bridge system.

NES believes offshore wind power represents an important sector for the company, which has now secured its 11th delivery to a vessel for this market.

Geir Larsen, CEO NES said: “We offer shipowners forward-looking solutions which enhance safety and energy efficiency as well as a smaller environmental footprint,” he says. “That’s particularly suitable for an offshore wind service market which generates renewable energy.”

The Rem Offshore newbuild will be a hybrid vessel, where NES is supplying the energy design and system solution with a battery pack. Its delivery also incorporates opportunities to expand with an even larger battery pack in the future.

“This battery pack means that the ship can reduce diesel consumption and thereby cut its CO2 emissions substantially,” said Larsen. “Our experience with comparable solutions shows that the vessel could achieve savings of about 20 per cent when operating with DP2 dynamic positioning. These cuts will be even higher when it’s berthed. In addition, the owner will secure savings on maintaining the diesel engines since their running hours will be reduced.”

The ship and the NES solution will be ready for installing a 10MW battery pack which permits running with zero emissions when operating at an offshore wind farm. This pack will be charged via a buoy once such infrastructure is in place. Space is also allocated for future installation of fuel cells.

The Rem vessel now being outfitted at Green Yard Kleven will be the first support ship for offshore wind power to adopt the fully integrated RAVEN INS integrated navigation system from NES.

“In the longer term, this will give better insight into energy consumption and provide the basis for more energy-efficient operation, which in turn reduces the environmental footprint and operating costs,” said Svein Ove Farstad, sales manager Smart Control, NES. “An integrated navigation system really comes into its own on this type of vessel, with a bridge environment containing many different operator stations which calls for optimal interaction between systems and operators. We’re looking forward to working with a local yard and delivering the best of our technology to a bold shipping company, and to seeing the ship come into operation.”

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