Corvus Energy celebrated the grand opening of its new battery factory in Bellingham, Wash., this week.

The new battery plant is located in Fairhaven at the Port of Bellingham and is a key step in the expansion of Corvus’ U.S. operations, the company said.

“We have seen a significant uptake in opportunities for maritime batteries from the U.S. market. Increased capacity and production flexibility will be key to meeting this anticipated growth,” Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy, said in a statement. “Washington state was a natural choice for Corvus due to its presence of a strong maritime cluster, the state’s focus on green shipping, and the proximity to our Richmond facility in Canada. U.S. presence and close collaboration with shipyards, shipowners, Washington Maritime Blue as well as other suppliers and service providers foster innovation across the entire industry and build valuable competence and local green jobs.”

The Bellingham plant will produce the modules for Corvus Energy’s Orca Energy ESS. There have been close to 650 Corvus Orca projects with a combined energy storage capacity of 550 MWh worldwide since the ESS product was introduced in 2016.

The Bellingham factory produced its first Orca battery module on Nov. 22 and has already delivered several orders.

“We see a big change. Ship owners, designers, naval architects as well as electric propulsion integrators in North and South America are turning to Corvus in record numbers,” said Ole Jacob Irgens, president Americas of Corvus Energy. “The U.S. factory, along with a more robust sales and service organization, will ensure that we can better service our U.S. customers. “Our customers see great value in Corvus’ investments in North America and our efforts in creating green jobs in local communities such as Bellingham. In addition, it is critical for our customer’s success that Corvus provides local support and service to their operations.”