Globally, ports and terminals are under pressure from their customers, retailers and suppliers to ‘go green’, reducing CO2 and pollutant emissions. As part of the journey to becoming a smart port, we support clients to adopt greener approaches to port energy and fuel, particularly in relation to three key areas:

Shore power

Connecting ships to power from the grid is an efficient way to reduce emissions and improve efficiency. By replacing the need for ships to use diesel power to generate electricity on board, ports reduce noise, CO2 and air pollution.

Royal HaskoningDHV works with ports to analyse the potential benefits of adopting shore power. We recommend the most efficient and effective approach, tailored to the port’s unique operational requirements and its typical vessels.

As a world leader in shore power, we work closely with both power and system suppliers to propose and develop the best options.

Local renewable power generation

The ports of the future will maximise the potential for generating their own renewable energy, particularly in solar and wind energy.

Royal HaskoningDHV helps ports navigate the many options available to them. We create simulations to give ports sight of the energy that could be generated over a 25-year lifespan. We help balance revenues against investment costs and integrate local power generation with access to the grid, as necessary.

Alternative fuels

Smart ports will be greener ports, that use cleaner, decarbonised energy sources. Many ships and ports are currently moving away from diesel fuel in favour of Liquid Natural Gas (LNG).

For us, however, this is too small a step. LNG has around 25% less carbon compared with diesel and fuel oil, but new, zero-carbon technologies are ripe for adoption.

Hydrogen power, for example, has vast potential. It can be generated locally from electricity – such as wind power – and produces no emissions. A hydrogen fuel cell can be twice as efficient than traditional combustion and can power almost any device or form of transportation.

In developing smart ports, we will work with each client to assess potential applications of hydrogen as a fuel.

For more information on sustainable port solutions, contact our team.

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