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Integrated energy systems in ports and ferry terminals

The transport industry is responsible for almost a third of all Norwegian greenhouse gas emissions. With a few exceptions, large parts of the industry will face both financial and technical challenges in their transition to using other energy sources than fossil fuels.

In the future, ports and ferry terminals will probably have to offer multiple types of fuels, both fossil and renewable. However, electricity, ammonia, hydrogen, natural gas, heat and various forms of biofuel and bio-oil require different infrastructure. This can transform ports and ferry terminals into the energy hubs of the future.

Many studies have been conducted on the different forms of energy that will be required for different modes of transportation, but there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding how this will impact each individual port and associated energy system. Refuelling transport should preferably take place in the shortest time with the highest impact as possible. This makes finding efficient ways to supply, convert and store energy crucial.  

Ports, energy companies and authorities are interested in this topic – something we have noticed through an increasing demand for relevant research. Zero-emission maritime transport represents a significant growth opportunity for Norway, but if we are to make use of this potential, we need to research and develop technologies related to each energy form and the way they interact with each other.

This technology will also be able to be applied at airports, which will soon face many of the same challenges as ports and land-based transport.

We work with the following topics:

  • Shore power and charging power for ships
  • Stationary battery integration with charging infrastructure
  • Ammonia: refuelling, storage, production and use
  • Hydrogen storage, production and use
  • Use of waste heat to supply heat to cruise ships
  • Smart charging of electric cars and other transport
  • Propulsion systems on board ships that are based on various forms of energy

Our typical projects include:

  • Assessing the risk of component stresses in connection with charging and shore power connections
  • Conducting cost/benefit analyses in connection with developing grid and stationary batteries
  • Conducting energy system analyses

Who do we do this for?

  • Ports and ferry terminals
  • Municipalities and regulatory authorities
  • Energy companies and grid companies
  • Technology suppliers
  • Shipping companies

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