Shore power and charging infrastructure could reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 12.5 million tonnes at ports in Norway every year, according to findings from ABB, DNV GL, the Port of Oslo, and Cavotec.
The research comes from ReCharge, an initiative between the four organisations that seeks to pave the way for zero emission ports in Norwegian ports.
ReCharge has found 64 vessels with an operational profile that would allow battery propulsion.
The report has shown that charging infrastructure for 97 different routes could be developed by connecting these vessels to the electrical grid, potentially reducing CO2 emissions by 12,517mt and NOx emissions by 14,133 kilograms.
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 effective – approach to implement shore power and charging systems.
With standards and optimised approaches in place, the ReCharge team hopes to accelerate progress towards zero emission ports in Norway.
Sofus Gedde Dahl, Cavotec’s Global System Specialist for E-Ferries, said: “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.”