Ports in Norway could reduce annual CO2 emissions by as much as 12.5m tonnes following a report by a collection of technology and port experts.
The report comes from the ReCharge project, made up of experts from the Port of Oslo, Cavotec, ABB and Norwegian maritime advisors DNV GL, which aims to pave the way for zero emission ports in Norway.
ReCharge used the latest technologies to develop a calculator for operators to assess costs and emission reduction potential, allowing a more targeted approach to implementing shore power and charging systems.
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.”
The project has identified 64 vessels with an operational profile that would allow battery propulsion, which could mean a potential reduction of 12,517mt of CO2 emissions and 14,133 kg of NOx.
However to connect these ships to the electric grid, charging infrastructure for 97 different routes would have to be developed.