A Norwegian-Canadian designer and manufacturer of energy storage solutions for marine propulsion Corvus Energy has launched its second battery manufacturing facility in Bergen, Norway.

Equipped with a digitised production line with nine robotic stations, the automated factory’s capacity reaches up to 400 MW/h a year.

The facility will cater to the largest Corvus’ market based in Europe.

Corvus Energy CEO Geir Bjørkeli said: “There is an electric revolution going on in the maritime sector, and we want to deliver the best solutions in the industry.

“The Corvus team in Vancouver developed the groundbreaking battery solution that accelerated adoption of zero-emission and hybrid marine propulsion systems, particularly in Norway.

“With so many of our customers and partners in Norway, it only made sense to add production capacity here, which gives us flexibility and will speed deliveries. Further, automated production will help the Corvus ESSs remain price-competitive.”

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Corvus noted that its Vancouver facility in British Columbia, Canada, will continue to supply battery to North American and Asian markets.

The company is also expanding its Vancouver research and development (R&D) centre. It will continue manufacturing the prototypes and production runs of new products.

Norwegian Minister of Local Government and Modernisation Monica Mæland said: “The maritime cluster in Norway is important for idea development, innovation processes and knowledge sharing among the participants in the cluster. Corvus Energy can both inspire and contribute to new solutions nationally and internationally.

“When you contribute to the reduction of emissions, you strengthen the entire maritime industry by helping its suppliers get new business and export opportunities.”

In August, Corvus Energy obtained a Manufacturing Survey Arrangement (MSA) accreditation from the Norwegian ship classification organisation DNV GL.