Shore power and charging infrastructure could reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 12.5 million tonnes at ports in Norway every year, said a new report from umbrella body ReCharge.
The report, compiled by a pool of experts from ABB, DNV GL, the Port of Oslo, and Cavotec, working with zero emission port project ReCharge, has assessed where emissions in Norwegian ports are generated, where there is greatest potential for reductions and what kind of charging and shore power infrastructure needs to be developed to mitigate emissions.
“The ReCharge project aims to guide the industry in overcoming technical and financial barriers, and support the wider adaptation of shore power and charging technologies,” said Sofus Gedde Dahl, Cavotec’s Global System Specialist for E-Ferries.
The report has identified 64 vessels with an operational profile that would allow battery propulsion. To connect these vessels to the electrical grid, charging infrastructure for 97 different routes would have to be developed, with a potential reduction of 12,517 mt of CO2 emissions, and 14,133 kg of NOx emissions, the report said.
Using the latest technologies, the initiative has developed a calculator for operators to assess costs and emissions reduction potential that enables a more targeted and thereby more effective approach to implementing shore power and charging systems.
The ReCharge team has said that its aim is to standardise and optimise shore power systems in the region.