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INTERPORT – Integrated energy systems in ports

In this knowledge-building project for industry, we develop sustainable solutions for ports as energy hubs, contributing to Norway's transition to a zero-emission society.

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Norway National Transport Plan sees an important role for ports as zero-emission energy hubs, offering infrastructure providing a mix of energy carriers, e.g., on-shore power supply, hydrogen-based fuels and bio-fuels. Norway's Climate action plan highlights ports as key players in the decarbonization of the transport sector, particularly in maritime transport

INTERPORT considers the port, its users (e.g., ships, logistics, land-based transport) and its surroundings (e.g., industries and buildings) as an integrated energy system, and evaluates synergies between local production, conversion, storage, and supply of low-carbon fuels, electricity, and thermal energy. In this system, the optimal energy carrier is supplied to different end users, in terms of cost- and energy-efficiency, safety and reliability. This enables ports and authorities to increase robustness and flexibility of the energy system and to accelerate the uptake of low-carbon fuels.

INTERPORT combines techno-economic and socio-technical perspectives considering interaction between actors, institutions, and technologies. Assessments of framework conditions, policies and regulations and their impact on future energy demand are included. New business models are explored to generate value creation for ports and energy providers, without increased cost for energy end users.

The ambition of INTERPORT is to accelerate the transition towards climate and environmentally friendly ports and maritime operations, by developing and facilitating solutions for the uptake and use of alternative fuels and energy carriers. The aim is to reduce the carbon footprint in the port area by at least 50 % in 2030 and 100 % in 2050, including fueling and charging of ships.

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This project is financed by the ENERGIX programme of the Research Council of Norway.


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Project duration

2021 - 2025