Kongsberg Maritime acquires an interest in Grenland Energy
Kongsberg Maritime acquires an ownership interest in the battery technology company Grenland Energy together with the industrial incubator Proventia and Vekst i Grenland.
Head of Vekst i Grenland, Hanne Gro Haugland, Vice President of Kongsberg Maritime, Roy Larsen and General Manager of Proventia Jørn Roar Bamle represent the new co-owners of Grenland Energy. Behind them are the company's four founders. From the left: Lars Ole Valøen, Lars Brisendal, Peder Thysted and Roman Stoiber. (Photo: Ole Bjørn Ulsnæs)
Grenland Energy AS was established in November 2012 to develop and sell advanced Li-Ion battery systems for the maritime and offshore industry. The company is domiciled in Herøya Industripark.
Very pleased to have new owners
"We are very pleased that Kongsberg Maritime, Proventia and Vekst i Grenland are investing in our company," says General Manager Roman Stoiber of Grenland Energy.
"It is a special quality stamp of approval that Kongsberg Maritime is taking a stake in our technology. This collaboration will give us the credibility and support we need to bring innovative technology into the market. We are looking forward to demonstrating the full potential and advantages of Li-Ion high-effect batteries. Kongsberg Maritime will probably be the largest customer from now on," says Stoiber.
Many areas of use
Besides the most obvious applications, such as battery-powered ferries that require high-capacity batteries, there are also other exciting market segments.
High-effect Li-Ion battery systems are ideal for vessels with dynamic positioning, an operating profile that entails varying loads for which the power requirement varies relatively quickly. Today, a lot of energy is wasted because diesel engines are used more than is necessary.
The four founders of Grenland Energy: from the left, Lars Ole Valøen, Roman Stoiber, Peder Thysted and Lars Brisendal.
Special high-effect Li-Ion batteries will give major economic benefits due to considerably reduced fuel consumption. Battery operation will also increase vessel operation safety and cut maintenance costs.
Emissions of soot particles, CO2and NOx will be reduced significantly.
About the parties:
Grenland Energy ASis a member of the Proventia industrial incubator and was formed in November 2012 by its four founders, who also work in the company. Grenland Energy develops, adapts and sells large battery packages for maritime/offshore applications, with special focus on high-effect applications. The company is the first member of the Proventia industrial incubator.
Kongsberg Maritime delivers systems for dynamic positioning and navigation, marine automation, safety management, cargo handling, subsea surveys and construction, as well as maritime simulation and training, and satellite positioning. Key markets are countries with large offshore, shipyard and energy exploration and production industries.
Proventia industrial incubator creates value by contributing to the development and establishment of new, high-growth companies by identifying, further developing and commercialising good ideas, together with innovators/entrepreneurs. Proventia is domiciled in Herøya Industripark and is part of the incubator programme of SIVA (the Industrial Development Corporation of Norway).
Vekst i Grenland contributes to innovation in Grenland's business sector by offering loans on favourable terms to entrepreneurs and companies. ViG can also contribute share capital, thereby helping to reduce the risk taken on by the company's owners and employees when they stake their own time and money. Vekst i Grenland is the business development company of the six Grenland municipalities in Norway: Skien, Porsgrunn, Bamble, Kragerø, Drangedal and Siljan.