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Tianjin Port Group to build world-first AI emission-free terminal

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Tianjin Port Group is set to build world’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) zero-carbon terminal.

In order to achieve zero carbon emissions at the terminal in Section C of the port, the group will construct a green energy supply.

An integrated wind, solar, and storage system will be used as a platform to realise green energy supply of the whole terminal, the group announced at the Green and Safe Port Conference 2021 by China Ports and Harbors Association.

The port group will additionally build an integrated energy storage system to achieve stable output of green energy system and zero carbon emissions from the energy supply.

Terminal loading and unloading equipment, horizontal transportation equipment, and production auxiliary equipment will all be driven by electric power.

Advanced energy monitoring technology will be adopted to conduct real-time statistical analysis of energy consuming machinery at the terminal to ensure zero carbon emissions.

Combining traditional loading and unloading technology with automatic operations, energy consumption is expected to be reduced by 17%.

Chen Yanping, Deputy General Manager of Tianjin Port Group Kexin Facilities Department said, “In the initial stage of the terminal’s production, according to throughput calculations, we will install two wind turbines and install photovoltaics on the roof to achieve green energy supply.

“As the terminal’s throughput increases, energy consumption will also increase. Next year, we will install two new wind turbines in due course to match energy consumption with energy supply and realise dynamic zero carbon emissions of the zero-carbon terminal.”

Yang Jiemin, vice president of Tianjin Port Group, said in the future Tianjin Port will take the terminal as a new starting point to accelerate a new pattern of green port development.

Among them, Tianjin Port will strive to build a smart collection and distribution platform in terms of collection and distribution, and land transportation.

It will focus on pure electric container truck collection and distribution, and reduce the truck empty rate to improve green development level of port collection and distribution.

The terminal will be completed and put into operation at the end of 2021. 

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