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Ports play a key role in the energy transition

Many ports are now actively exploring opportunities to become "Green Ports" by reducing their carbon footprints from port-related activities. Greensight is currently working on the SOPOREM project which aims to increase renewable energy production and lower emissions in the Port and Municipality of Koper. A key part of this is the development of a digital model of the energy system to determine optimal power production and storage capacity values for the port.

As logistical hubs located strategically around the world, ports are poised to play a pivotal role in the global effort to transition towards cleaner energy sources. Many ports are now actively exploring opportunities to become "Green Ports" by reducing their carbon footprints from port-related activities. These efforts include initiatives such as producing green energy on-site, facilitating the transport, storage, and use of low- and zero-emission fuels, offering power from shore, and implementing energy efficiency measures to lower power and fuel consumption.

A notable example of a port actively working to reduce their emissions is the SOPOREM project in Port of Koper. In partnership with Greenstat, Luka Koper, and the Municipality of Koper, the SOPOREM project aims to reduce port emissions by utilizing solar power. With its deep expertise in energy system optimization, Greensight has played a crucial role in evaluating both current and future solutions for the production and storage of local energy production.

Using a bottom-up approach and powerful dynamic simulation software, Greensight has developed a digital model of the energy system in the port. This model, which takes into consideration both the energy consumption profile and the local power market dynamics in Slovenia, has allowed Greensight to determine optimal power production and storage capacity values for the port. This analysis also considers how energy consumption patterns could evolve over time as the port expands and incorporates larger shares of renewable energy. This forward-looking outlook considers the increasing amounts of shore power, the electrification of port equipment and vehicles, and the local production of zero-emission fuels.

The model developed by Greensight for the port of Koper can also be adapted for other ports, industrial parks, or smaller energy hubs, catering to their specific needs. For instance, within the same project, the model has been customized for the Municipality of Koper to evaluate the potential of solar power production in combination with electric vehicle charging. Additionally, the model has been utilized to optimize the production of hydrogen at the port and variable renewable energy, both on-grid and off-grid.

The SOPOREM project and other similar initiatives highlight the significant steps that ports are taking towards becoming more sustainable and energy efficient. By embracing innovative technologies, optimizing energy usage, and leveraging renewable energy sources, green ports are leading the way in mitigating the environmental impact of port activities and contributing to the global effort to combat climate change.

As ports strive to become greener, they will need experienced energy professionals who can provide them with the best insights, tools, and solutions. With our cutting-edge technologies, dynamic simulation tools, and expertise in energy system optimization, Greensight possesses the technical and economic knowledge necessary to assist ports worldwide in their efforts to reduce emissions.  Let us help you navigate your port's transition to a sustainable and environmentally responsible future.

Contact us today at post@greensight.no. to find out more about how we can assist you in achieving your green port goals with confidence.

Benjamin Fram

Economist, Greensight

Ben is an Economist who is interested primarily in electricity markets. Prior to joining Greensight, he worked as a market analyst at Monitoring Analytics LLC, the independent market monitor for PJM Interconnection, where he gained extensive knowledge about electricity market design and dynamics. He holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Gothenburg and is currently finishing up his PhD at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).

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