Vard Electro to deliver first hybrid battery technology for Canadian vessel


According to a report by World Oil, electrical engineering firm Vard Electro has been awarded a contract for an innovative hybrid battery power system with Atlantic Towing. Particularly this solution is to be integrated on the company’s vessel Atlantic Shrike.

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Worth noting, Atlantic Towing is the first company to implement this application in the Canadian offshore oil and gas industry. Indeed, this is a multiple-mode solution of battery technologies on a single vessel.  

Vard Electro on delivering hybrid battery power systems

According to Vard Electro, this contract will be possible through cooperation across borders. Besides, the firm “is utilizing its vast technological experience to meet the project requirements,” it said in a media release.

Particularly, the company acknowledges that as the market continues to reach for a novel technology to reduce emissions; it is accordingly continuously developing new products to increase energy efficiency.

Therefore, Vard Electro has combined its previous engineering experience with local expertise to find the best solution for Atlantic Towing for this particular project.

Indeed, Atlantic Towing has already received funding for the project through Petroleum Research Newfoundland & Labrador (PRNL). Further, this move was a component of the offshore research, development, and demonstration program of Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).

Reducing emissions and helping vessels decarbonize

Therefore, the funding will support pioneering upgrades to the Platform Supply Vessel, Atlantic Shrike. Besides, it will allow the integration of battery systems into the vessel’s existing diesel-electric propulsion plant.

In fact, the vessel is based in Atlantic Towing’s homeport of St. John’s, Canada. Also, it is one of four modern diesel-electric builds.

Vard Electro also said in the media release that it would leverage its system integrating expertise to deliver a containerized energy storage system for hybrid battery power. Thus, supporting Atlantic Towing’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint, the SeaQ Energy Storage System (ESS) will enable decreased fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

Similarly, the conversion will also reduce the vessel’s maintenance requirement without compromising operational performance.


In that sense, Peter Pilskog, Vice President of Sales & Business Development, Vard Electro, commented; “We share the ambitions of Atlantic Towing and are looking forward to implementing the products and integrated solutions that will lead to a greener industry.

Therefore, “the innovative design and extended battery size offer a range of benefits,” added Pilskog. Besides, “they’ll be a perfect fit for the operational profile of this vessel.”

Similarly, Pierre Poulain, Managing Director, Vard Electro Canad, said; “The team in Canada is very excited about this project. Thus, we are thrilled to be installing our innovative and cost-effective SeaQ solutions that have been adapted to the local industry requirements.”

Indeed, the SeaQ ESS is based on unique hybrid technology. Thus, its primary purpose is to reduce emissions, fuel consumption and increase safety. Moreover, the SeaQ ESS store excess energy available in the vessel; and use it later to reduce fuel consumption

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