Shore power could slash Norwegian emissions

A shore power dispenser unit charging the Vision of the Fjords at the Flåm berth in Norway A shore power dispenser unit charging the Vision of the Fjords at the Flåm berth in Norway

Shore power could reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 12.5 million tonnes at ports in Norway every year.

That’s according to a report compiled by a pool of experts from ABB, DNV GL, the Port of Oslo, and Cavotec, working under the auspices of ReCharge, an initiative that seeks to pave the way for zero emission ports in Scandinavia.

“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 ReCharge project 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.

It 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 12,517mt 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.

Armed with this information, the ReCharge team aims to standardise and optimise shore power systems in the region.

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