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Port of Rotterdam embarks on first mobile cold ironing pilot project

10 Sep 2019
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A pilot project focusing on various mobile shore-based power solutions for sea-going vessels have been initiated by the municipality of Rotterdam and the Port of Rotterdam Authority at Parkkade in central Rotterdam.

Shore-based power has been compulsory for ships docking at more than 500 inland berths in Rotterdam for years. However, this will be the first pilot project involving mobile shore-based power for sea-going vessels, according to the port.

Sea-going vessels need electric power during a port call. Usually, this is generated by their auxiliary engines – resulting in emissions and in some cases noise nuisance for the surrounding area.

Pollution can be reduced by powering down the vessels’ auxiliary engines and providing them with external power. Shore-based power is relatively expensive, and it’s difficult to operate fixed connections to the power grid on a profitable basis.

“This is the first time a European port will be organising a pilot project with mobile shore-based power on this scale,” says Arno Bonte, Alderman of Sustainability, Air Quality and Energy Transition.

“This project is in line with the ambition to ultimately supply all sea-going vessels in the port with mobile shore-based power, in addition to the facilities for inland vessels.

“This pilot project with shore-based power for sea-going vessels aligns with the Port Authority’s ambition to be a frontrunner in the energy transition,” says Port Authority COO Ronald Paul.

“It is one of the many projects that we are working on to improve local air quality and mitigate global climate change.”

Five project participants will be testing a variety of concepts. The focus will mainly be on their technical and commercial viability, user-friendliness and positive environmental impact.

The participants, together with their technologies, are as follows:

  • ENGIE Ventures & Integrated Solutions B.V.: Hybrid system with a Big Battery Box, integrated with a biofuel-powered generator (HVO).
  • PON Power & subsidiaries: Hybrid container with a battery, combined with a generator powered by blue diesel (HVO) in a 10-ft container.
  • Aggreko Benelux: LNG-powered gas engine in a 20-ft container.
  • Mobiele Stroom BV: Bio LNG-powered turbine in a 20-ft container.
  • JP Energy Systems: Hydrogen-based fuel cell unit combined with a small battery.

Photo credit: Port of Rotterdam Authority
Published: 10 September, 2019


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