Portsmouth International Port is part of a Port Energy Systems Optimisation (PESO) project, co-funded by Innovate UK, which is intended to reduce carbon emissions and facilitate the electrification of port operations.
The PESO pilot system to be deployed in Portsmouth International Port will integrate local electricity generation, novel energy storage and smart energy management to demonstrate how ports can meet emerging on-shore power demands and the requirements of ships as they increasingly use shore power and adopt electric propulsion whilst minimising the need for expensive grid upgrading and optimising the use of variable tariffs.
Three main areas of innovation will be explored in the PESO pilot: the design and construction of novel dual-chemistry battery technology to meet the port requirements; advanced management software to optimise onsite energy generation and storage; and the development of smart port grid infrastructure.
Energy management software will be developed by Swanbarton, specialists in energy storage and control technologies, the Energy Systems Catapult will assess the future energy requirements around ports and the long-term impact on the energy system. Marine South East is leading the project and will plan how the technology can be commercialised and rolled out across UK ports as rapidly as possible.
Mike Sellers, Port Director at Portsmouth International Port, commented: ‘As a port that is owned by the people of Portsmouth, we are committed to take bold action to meet our goal to be the UK's first zero emission port.
‘This innovative project will enable the port to maximise the amount of renewable energy it can produce and use for its own operations including powering electric vehicles to replace diesel and reduce emissions. This initiative has the potential to have significant benefits for the port, and could also provide a solution to smart energy use that can be shared with the wider port industry.