UK port to pilot new smart energy options


Portsmouth International Port is taking part in a new project for Port Energy Systems Optimisation (PESO). The scheme has been developed to help ports in the UK reduce their carbon emissions and help the electrification of operations.

Port Director Mike Sellers commented:

“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.”

The pilot system set to be deployed at the seaport will integrate electricity generated locally, new and unique energy storage methods along with smart energy control. Through this combination it aims to show how it is possible for ports to meet rising power demands on shore and the needs of ships that are increasingly using shore power and electrical propulsion, while avoiding the expense of grid upgrades.

Enterprises and organisations interested in adopting smart energy solutions to manage their power needs should consult electrical contractors for advice. Prior to fitting upgraded electrical installations in Chester, Portsmouth and other UK cities, professional electricians can conduct energy audits explaining options available and calculating cost savings.

The three key areas to be explored in the pilot will include the development of new battery technology, deploying management software that optimises how energy is generated and stored and the creation of a smart grid infrastructure.

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