(BERGEN, Norway and SEATTLE) — Corvus Energy, a leading supplier of battery energy storage systems (BESS) for marine applications, is expanding its U.S. operations by opening a new factory in the state of Washington.
The U.S.-based manufacturing facility, with an annual capacity of 200 megawatt hours (MWh) of stored energy capacity, will support demand for marine BESS in the Americas as the marine industry accelerates its adoption of decarbonization technology to meet global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets.
“We have seen a significant uptake in orders from the U.S. market as well as a growing commitment from the government and industry players on reducing GHG emissions,” said Geir Bjorkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy. “Increased capacity and production flexibility will be key to meeting anticipated growth. The U.S. factory, along with a more robust sales and service organization, will ensure that we can meet American shipowners’ goals and market demand, providing better services to the U.S. maritime industry.
“Washington state was a natural choice for Corvus due to the presence of a strong maritime cluster, the state’s focus on green shipping, and the proximity to our large team near Vancouver, Canada,” Bjorkeli continued. “We know that a U.S. presence and close collaboration with shipyards, shipowners, Washington Maritime Blue and other suppliers and service providers foster innovation across the entire industry and build valuable competence. This will work as an accelerator to create local, green jobs.”
The announcement of the signed agreement with the Port of Bellingham was celebrated in advance of the Nordic Innovation Summit in Seattle, attended by the Washington State Chamber of Commerce and Norwegian Ambassador Anniken Krutnes.
Corvus Energy is a multinational operation with a strong presence in the fastest-growing markets for maritime decarbonization technology. Corvus has existing battery factories in Bergen, Norway, and in Richmond, British Columbia, and a sales and service network serving Europe, North America and Asia.
Forecasts predict a huge increase in demand as decarbonization pushes forward, estimating a $800 million market for maritime energy storage systems in 2030.
The Corvus Energy Storage Systems are already deployed to more than 30 vessels in North America, as well as 29 hybrid port cranes and 11 land-based drilling rigs. Recently, it has seen increased demand in the tug industry and is participating in the first all-electric tugs in both Canada and U.S. The HaiSea Marine tugs will serve the liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Kitimat, British Columbia, and the Crowley e-Wolf currently being built at Master Boat Builders will serve the Port of San Diego.
– Corvus Energy