Norway Supports Greener Maritime Offshore Solutions

Norway Supports Greener Maritime Offshore Solutions

The Norwegian government awarded 38 million NOK to Maritime CleanTech partner Vard group and the Ocean Charger project partners.

The sum equivalent to almost $3.9 million was awarded to companies that are said to develop future offshore charging solutions for operations with zero-emission.

The Norwegian support scheme or The Green Platform Initiative attains to boost the green businesses’ growth in Norway. Recently, Norwegian Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries Jan Christian Vestre announced the launching of a new project at a press conference.

“We are carrying out the largest restructuring of the Norwegian economy ever. Everything will become greener. It is private companies that must lead the way in this transformation, with the public sector as a supporter.”

The government saw that Vard along with its partners in the Ocean Charger project were a “perfect fit” as they develop offshore wind and zero-emission solutions. This project is expected to develop a maritime value chain for offshore wind and offshore energy transfer.

Moreover, Vard will lead the research to testing, validation, and commercialization of new technological solutions involving energy transfers to battery-powered ships offshore.

The organization believes that in the next few years, a “substantial new maritime infrastructure will be developed and built for the offshore wind industry in Norway.”

It added that batteries have been proven to be the “most mature” technology for vessels with reduced emissions. Accordingly, Ocean Charger is based on the said technology.

The three-year project will kick off in 2023 with Vard Design leading the effort along with its sister companies.

Vard Group VP of Research and Innovation Håvard Vollset Lien expressed joy towards the news as well as seeing the project being recognized.

“We were thrilled to hear the news and glad to see that the importance of this project was recognized. The offshore wind industry is becoming increasingly important not only for the green energy transition but also for national value creation.

With our leading team of experienced professionals, we will evaluate different solutions and business models supplying various offshore vessels with green energy. As this market is growing rapidly, we see a unique opportunity for Norway to be the leading provider.”

The operational availability of zero-emission vessels will be secured through connecting the vessels to the power grid in the wind farm as well as charging batteries regularly. The goal here is to “power operations at the field without using any additional energy sources.”

According to Maritime CleanTech Head of Innovation Øystein Huglen, continuous zero-emission operations on the Norwegian continental shelf will be enabled by the project for the first time.

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