Bilbao, Spain (PortSEurope) October 17, 2020 – Ricardo Barkala, the president of the Bilbao Port Authority, has participated in the opening of the Spanish-German trade mission that aims to address “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies in the port industry in Spain. Organized by the German Chamber of Commerce for Spain, the mission was carried out virtually, and the president of the Port Authority reviewed the latest
projects promoted from Bilbao to be more efficient and sustainable from an energy point of view. One of the pioneering projects carried out in the port to reduce energy consumption and the emission of gases generated in the production of electricity was the replacement of the exterior lighting with LED technology. The initiative was linked to the incorporation of a platform that regulates the lighting. All this made it possible to reduce electricity consumption by 14%. Other projects that are being carried out are: the replacement of conventional boilers with heat pumps, which also reduce CO2 emissions, the acquisition of vehicles powered by alternative energies (100% electric, hybrids and LPG) and the implementation of a Strategic Energy Plan that assesses current and future energy needs and establishes a decarbonisation roadmap for the 2030 and 2050 horizon. The electricity supplier will certify that 100% of the electricity it consumes comes from renewable sources, such as wind. Bilbao has an energy center located in the industrial zone and renewable energies have been promoted there, where wind power is located. The public-private collaboration allowed the development of strategic projects in that area, to host wind component companies, such as Haizea Wind, dedicated to the manufacture of offshore wind towers, or an international distribution platform for Siemens-Gamesa. In this area, Petronor, a subsidiary of the Repsol group, was awarded a plot of land to build one of the world’s largest plants for the production of synthetic fuels from green hydrogen, generated with renewable energy. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Bilbao (APB – Port Authority of Bilbao) Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.
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