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Electric aquaculture vessel saves costs and emissions

Staff Writer | August 18, 2017
A Norwegian aquaculture company has opted for battery technology for its vessels to save costs and preserve the environment.
Electric aquaculture vessel
Fish   12 knots speed
Salmar has contracted the energy equipment company Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) to equip its electric fish farm vessel Elfrida with battery technology.

“We see this as crucial preparation for a low-carbon future,” said Roger Bekken, managing director of Salmar.

“In keeping with our forward-thinking management and focus on operational efficiency, adding battery technology to our vessels brings cost savings and environmental stewardship together in one package.”

“The battery system onboard Elfrida was one of the first PBES installed in a working vessel and proves the technology and has proved to be well suited to fish farming,” said Grant Brown, vice president of marketing, PBES.

“We envision the entire fleet of Norwegian aquaculture and fishing vessels to either run as hybrid or on full battery propulsion,” he added.

The vessel has been in operation since February 2017 and provides up to 12 knots speed and a full eight-hour shift per charge.