Genoa, Italy (PortSEurope) July 5, 2019 – Genoa post has hosted a conference “The electrification of the docks of the ports of the Western Ligurian Sea”, and announced that the technology would be installed at the PSA Genova Prà within 12 months.
Known as cold ironing, or shore connection, shore-to-ship power (SSP) or alternative maritime power (AMP), it is the process of providing shoreside electrical power to a ship at berth while its main and auxiliary engines are turned off.
Genoa port is running a project, worth about €12 million ($13.52 million), with Nidec Asi.
“The electrification of port docks”, said Ennio Spadavecchia, project manager of Nidec Asi, “represents a fundamental step in the path towards reducing environmental impact in terms of acoustic emissions and pollutants and towards greater energy sustainability of port activities, responding to the directives of the European Union, appropriately transposed by the national legislation, and always keeping security at the forefront. Nidec Asi, thanks to a consolidated leadership in the design of complex systems, in the energy storage market (BESS) and in the marine sector, strengthened by the various applications of shore-to-ship systems already installed, was chosen last year by the AdSP to develop the innovative electric power supply system for ships in the Pra ‘container port.
“Port transformation, thanks to shore-to-ship technologies, can also have a positive impact on the economy of the city and of the entire country system. Nidec Asi has also recently been commissioned to install in the same port of Pra ‘a state-of-the-art energy storage system based on supercapacitors that, integrated with the automation and coordination system, will optimize the management of the energy that powers the cranes in port”, he added.
A similar system is being studied for the ferries docked at the port, while the possibility of electrification in collaboration with Cetena and Carnival is underway for the Savona cruise dock.
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