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Meet the Maritime Battery Forum

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Meet the Maritime Battery Forum

The Maritime Battery Forum (MBF) is an organization that promotes battery-based value creation and makes batteries a success within the global maritime market. The forum is a meeting place, for exchange of knowledge based on experiences from the usage of batteries within the shipping, oil and offshore industries.

Further, MBF is a knowledge bank, making information from experiences available to its members. The MBF keeps the members up to date on the developments in technology, and the possibility to learn more about the technical and economic aspects of using battery technology on ships.


ABB is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future.

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) is committed to setting standards for safety and excellence as one of the world’s leading classification organizations.

ACCURE Battery Intelligence uses cloud computing to make batteries safe, reliable and sustainable.

Ålesund Maritime represents manufacturers of maritime solutions, assisting in putting together cost-effective and attractive product packages for newbuilds or refit projects in the Scandinavian maritime market.

Austevoll Elektro is an independent supplier of electrical services, board products and system solutions for ships, aquaculture, industry and housing.

AVILOO is an Austrian based Start-Up that provides an independent Remote Battery Data Monitoring System as well as Battery Diagnostics Services.

Batteriretur collects and recycles all types of batteries from all over Norway.

Beyonder is a Norwegian energy tech company that has developed the next generation of sustainable Li-ion capacitors and supercapacitors for the heavy-duty industry sector.

Bertel O. Steen Power Solutions supplies propulsion systems and integrated power generation systems, with focus on quality and reliability.

Caterpillar Marine is a world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.

Corvus Energy provides purpose-engineered energy storage solutions for marine, oil & gas and port applications.

Damen Shipyards is a globally operating shipbuilder and has designed and build various battery ships.

DNV is a globally leading quality assurance and risk management company.

DOFprovides services to the Oil and Gas industry across the entire offshore life cycle.

EAS Batteries is an energy storage provider with own cell manufacturing , serving mainly maritime industry, non road mobile machine and space market.

Echandia design and build zero-emission energy solutions for maritime and industrial applications.

Energy Aspects is the leading research house for global energy commodities.

Enova is owned by the Ministry of Climate and Environment and contributes to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, development of energy and climate technology and a strengthened security of supply.

Equinor is an international energy company present in more than 30 countries worldwide, including several of the world’s most important oil and gas provinces.

EST-Floattech serves the maritime & land-based sectors with intelligent, clean, silent, and powerful energy storage solutions based on lithium polymer batteries.

Fjord1 is the leading operator in the Norwegian ferry market, and also has activities within passenger boat services, catering, and tourism.

Foreship is an independent, highly respected ship design and engineering company, which has provided a broad range of services to the shipping industry since 2002.

Freudenberg Battery Power Systems, LLC, focuses on the development, production, assembly, and service of battery systems for heavy-duty applications in the truck and bus, marine, and mining industries, among others.

Hareid Group offers a wide range of electrical services and products for the maritime industry, home & construction, and consumer electronics.

IFE (Institute for Energy Technology) is an independent foundation and one of the world’s foremost research communities on energy.

Royal IHC is a leading designer, builder, and supplier of integrated vessels, equipment, and services in the dredging, offshore, mining and defense industries.

Industrikomponenter AB, INKOM is a supplier of technology and components for the Nordic industry, providing safety solutions for DC systems for more than 50 years.

IWS Fleet offers a fleet of state-of-the-art, purpose-built Walk-to-Work vessels providing services to the Offshore Wind industry across the wind farm’s entire life cycle; from installation, commissioning, operations and maintenance to decommissioning.

Kongsberg Maritime is a marine systems provider.

Lerøy Havfisk is the biggest trawler company in Norway, operating ten trawlers with pertaining fishing rights.

Lloyd's Register is a global professional services organization specializing in engineering and technology solutions that improve the safety and performance of complex, critical infrastructure and supply chains.

NeoGraf Solutions manufactures flexible graphite thermal management solutions for the production of pouch-cell marine battery systems that meet the requirements for DNV-type approval.

Norner Research AS is a leading polymer Research & Development center for the polymer industry with more than 40 years of experience.

Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) is a national agency for coastal management, maritime safety, and emergency preparedness against acute pollution.

Norwegian Shipowners' Association is a trade and employment organization for Norwegian-controlled companies within the shipping and offshore industry.

Norwegian Electric Systems AS is a total supplier of sustainable Energy Design and Smart Control for a wide range of vessels for the global marine market.

NOx-Fund accelerated efforts to cut NOx emissions by granting financial support to the industry to implement green technology.

Østensjø provides high-quality accommodation, offshore, and towage services worldwide.

Praxis Automation Technology develops, manufactures, and delivers innovative ship automation, navigation, and electric propulsion equipment for all types of vessels.

REM Offshore offers a fleet of PSV`s, Seismic, Construction, and state-of-the-art, purpose-built Walk-to-Work vessels providing services to the Offshore Wind industry.

Rimot is focused on vessel-to-grid (V2G) to unlock the full environmental and economic value of batteries onboard electric marine vessels to the benefit of both vessel operators and utilities alike.

Rosenbauer is the world leader in firefighting and disaster protection.

Royal Roos is a marine engineering company for the dredging, offshore, and marine industry.

Saft Batteries is a global battery maker, setting the pace from research to manufacturing and sales.

Siemens Energy is one of the world’s leading energy technology companies. The company works with its customers and partners on energy systems for the future, thus supporting the transition to a more sustainable world.

Sintef is one of Europe’s largest independent research organizations.

Skipsteknisk AS isan independent Norwegian Naval Architects and Marine Engineers company.

Skuld is a world-leading marine insurer, providing our members and clients with service and competence they can rely on.

Solstad is a leading offshore shipping company with more than 100 ships, providing renewable and oil & gas clients all over the world with high-end offshore and renewable vessels.

Spear Power Systems designs and manufactures safe, reliable lithium-ion battery storage systems for demanding applications including defense, marine propulsion, oil & gas, and mining.

Super B high-end lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries are developed and manufactured to outperform lead-acid batteries on the road, on the water, or off the grid.

Ulstein Power & Controls offers a wide range of concept developments, ship designs and equipment packages, system integration, site assistance, and services.

Vard Electro offers its customers a complete electrical systems package – from engineering through installation, integration testing, commissioning, and field services.

Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets.

Yxney Maritime is a Norway-based software provider for data-driven decarbonization in maritime operations.

ZEM Energy brings a knowledge driven approach to offering battery solutions to the maritime sector.

Observers and collaborative partners

UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency works to prevent the loss of life on the coast and at sea. Produces legislation and guidance on maritime matters, and provides certification to seafarers.

PeriDynamics Research Centre at University of Strathclyde aim to perform cutting edge research in the area of peridynamics.

Washington Maritime Blue is committed to the development of maritime business, technology, and practices that promote a sustainable future contributing to economic growth, ecological health, and thriving communities.

Tallinn University of Technology provides multi-level education and does professional research in marine sciences and fields related to them, making it the only competence centre of its kind in Estonia.

Italian Shipping Academy offers professional training for Deck and Engine Cadets who, after a 3 years course, are allowed to start their maritime careers as third officers on board.

Delft University of Technology the Dutch university is well known with their marine technology faculty.

Universidad Austral de Chile is performing research on the electrification of the Chilean fleet and the MBF is excited to assist them in exploring the developments in maritime battery technology.

Eindhoven University of Technology is a research-driven university of international standing, where excellent research and excellent education go hand in hand.

Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) is the prime institution responsible for defence-related research in Norway.

Ministry of Climate and Environment has a particular responsibility for carrying out the environmental policies of the Government.

Norwegian Maritime Authority has jurisdiction over Norwegian flagged ships and for foreign flagged ships in Norwegian waters.

Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries is responsible for the trade, industry and ocean policy.

Norwegian University of Science and Technology is developing an educational program for engineers who want to increase their knowledge in battery technology, after a request from the Norwegian battery industry for more skilled and educated people.

Norwegian Public Roads Administration strives to provide a smart and continuous road transport system for all of Norway.

Ocean Hyway Cluster is Norway's leading network for hydrogen-based solutions for the maritime sector.

University of Agder (UiA) seeks to be an open and inclusive university that is characterised by a culture of collaboration.

University of Oslo (UiO) through knowledge, responsibility and commitment UIO contributes to a sustainable future.

Key projects

The Maritime Battery Forum is organizing several projects to promote collaboration between its members and to solve current challenges related to maritime batteries.

Shore power UK initiative by the Maritime Battery Forum is established to accelerate the realization of shore power installations at the ports in the North of the United Kingdom.

The Battery Safety JIP is an ongoing initiative by the Maritime Battery Forum to increase the knowledge about battery safety on board of ships. On a monthly basis a group of 10 of our members assemble to work together on increasing the safety of the maritime industry. The members currently involved in this project are: Freudenberg, DNV, Norwegian Coastal Administration, Kongsberg Maritime, Corvus Energy, DOF, Lloyd's Register, ZEM Energy, Fjord1, and Rosenbauer.

The Battery Container Standardization JIP is an effort to define standard interfaces for both swappable and fixed battery containers. The results from the EU funded Current Direct Project will be used as input to this project. Current participants in the project are: Vard, Spear Power Systems, Kongsberg Maritime, American Bureau of Shipping, Wärtsilä, and Corvus Energy.

Colourful containers with battery icon on them, a worker walking

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