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The collaboration between Honeywell and the Danish port to cut carbon emissions has moved forward with the inauguration of shore-to-ship power units, which enable vessels at berth to run on renewable energy from offshore wind turbines.

As previously reported by Bunkerspot, last September Honeywell and Port Esbjerg announced a joint initiative to focus on the management of carbon emissions and the development of electrification solutions, digitalisation and the monitoring of energy consumption and emissions at the port.

The new shore-to-ship units can simultaneously power multiple large vessels, helping to reduce CO2, SOx and NOx emissions, as well as reducing noise pollution. The port is also able to access the emissions data through the Honeywell Enacto Carbon and Energy Management system.

‘Given the size and complexity of our operation, there was no simple, off-the-shelf solution for our green transition. We worked with Honeywell to fully customise a system that can monitor energy consumption and emissions, as well as pinpoint potential improvement opportunities,’ explained Port Esbjerg CEO, Dennis Jul Pedersen.

The Honeywell Enacto Carbon and Energy Management system is a cloud-based, fully scalable solution that enables the port to monitor the emissions and resource consumption of every individual power socket, and every vessel, with 1,200 measurement points.

The system uses artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms in conjunction with data collection from energy-consuming or -producing assets at the port. Its open protocol platform enables flexible integration with legacy systems.

If consumption changes significantly, the system sends an automated message to the port office, meaning any abnormalities are immediately identified and action may be taken.

Based on data generated by the Honeywell system, Port Esbjerg can optimise its energy and carbon footprint in real time. In the future, it will be able to prioritise financial resources where the most significant CO2 reductions can be made.

‘The Port Esbjerg project is setting a new benchmark for ports globally on how to use fully integrated technology to help meet ambitious sustainability goals,’ said Lionel Caillat, General Manager, Honeywell Building Technologies. ‘

'We worked closely with the Port Esbjerg team to understand their objectives and customise a solution that can help to achieve them. It’s exciting to go from initial planning to seeing the port meet their renewable shore-to-ship power supply milestone. We look forward to our continued work with the port to help them cut emissions down further.’ 

In the next phase of the project, Port Esbjerg and Honeywell will monitor and manage water consumption and heating, as well as the emissions performance of businesses around the port. The plan also features significant investments in electric vehicle technology and hydrogen-powered cranes. The target is for all port vehicles to be powered by electricity by 2025.

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