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Siemens Helps Port of Tyne Create Blueprint for Decarbonisation of UK Ports

Siemens Helps Port of Tyne Create Blueprint for Decarbonisation of UK Ports
04 November 2021
 

Siemens, the Port of Tyne and a project consortium of three further partners have been granted funding by the Department of Transport to create a blueprint for the decarbonisation of the UK’s ports.

The project is part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, which sees £30 million in total invested in a number of initiatives to reduce emissions from the maritime sector.

Siemens and the Port of Tyne will work with Connected Places Catapult, Newcastle University and the North East LEP to deploy a real-time digital platform for scenario planning and feasibility studies that will help determine the future power needs of Port of Tyne. Understanding its current and forecast power usage, as well as its infrastructure opportunities, will enable the port to define its path to decarbonisation – and ultimately achieve its vision of becoming a net-zero port.

The project consortium will leverage its extensive technical expertise, academic research and wider industry knowledge to integrate multi-vector renewable energy information into the purpose-built digital port platform. This will allow the partners to determine which renewable energy implementations will offer the greatest benefits to the port and what capacity it will need from the grid going forward.

By using this form of planning, the Port of Tyne can evaluate the benefits of introducing new technology solutions before implementing them, thus minimising risk. The planning will focus on multiple areas including optimised operations, grid compliance and flexibility, enhanced communications using 5G, the electrification of shipping and logistics, the reduction or avoidance of fossil fuels and the development of new digital skills.

 

“This is the first real foray into the development of a blueprint for the decarbonisation of ports. There are hundreds of ports across the world, all burning a lot of diesel and impacting the environment. This project with the Port of Tyne enables us to carry out an advanced feasibility study and to create a dependable and scalable roadmap for the decarbonisation of ports worldwide.”

–Ian Lloyd

Head of Microgrid Solutions, Siemens

 

Testbed for Other UK Ports

 

The digital platform will play a fundamental role throughout the port’s decarbonisation journey by supporting the creation of business cases, budget planning and investment cases. It will also allow the project consortium to assess the technical, environmental and economic impact of the port of the future. Using the Port of Tyne as a testbed, the digital energy platform will enable Siemens and its partners to develop a universal blueprint for decarbonisation that can be replicated in other port environments as well as other industries.

The Clean Tyne project starts now and will run until the end of March 2022. It will be using the 2050 Maritime Innovation Hub at the Port of Tyne as a platform to demonstrate and disseminate the learnings and outputs with all ports in the UK.

Ian Blake, Head of Innovation and Technology at the Port of Tyne commented: “We are delighted to have been granted this funding by the DfT which is testament to the expertise, research and collaboration of the consortium. The project will deliver outputs that show real benefits to decarbonisation across the UK Port Sector and be the backbone for future developments in that space.

"Using the 2050 Innovation Hub at the Port of Tyne, the first of its kind aligned to Maritime 2050, gives us the perfect platform to demonstrate and disseminate the learnings and outputs with all ports in the UK.”

Ian Lloyd, Head of Microgrid Solutions, Siemens, added: “This is the first real foray into the development of a blueprint for the decarbonisation of ports. There are hundreds of ports across the world, all burning a lot of diesel and impacting the environment. This project with the Port of Tyne enables us to carry out an advanced feasibility study and to create a dependable and scalable roadmap for the decarbonisation of ports worldwide.”

Picture: a photograph of the Port of Tyne

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 04 November 2021

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