The Port of Aberdeen in Scotland has received funding from the UK Government for a multi-million-pound project to develop a large-scale shore power system. The project, called ‘Shore Power in Operation’, aims to reduce vessel emissions at the berths by over 80% compared to burning marine fuel, resulting in a saving of more than 60,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent over the next 20 years. The implementation of green shore power across North Harbour could further reduce the port’s total emissions by 78%, equivalent to an annual reduction of 34,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent. The project is part of the Zero Emissions Vessels and Infrastructure competition (ZEVI) and is funded by the UK Government in partnership with Innovate UK.
The ‘Shore Power in Operation’ project will involve the design and installation of shore power facilities at seven berths in the port’s North Harbour. The facilities are expected to be operational by April 2025 or sooner. Shore power is considered a leading option for reducing vessel emissions at berth and is a well-tested technology that can accommodate hybrid or fully electric vessels. The benefits of shore power include cleaner air, lower CO2 emissions, and reduced noise. The Port of Aberdeen is committed to collaborating with private and public sector partners to facilitate low and zero carbon fuel alternatives for client vessels.
The Port of Aberdeen has a goal to become the UK’s first net-zero port by 2040 and is investing £55 million over the next 10 years to achieve this. The port is also involved in two other ZEVI projects, including the development of the world’s first zero-emission electric service operation vessel and the support of a project for retrofitting a high horsepower methanol vessel by Ocean Infinity. The funding received for the ‘Shore Power in Operation’ project will contribute to the port’s efforts to decarbonize the maritime industry and strengthen its position as a hub for innovation and collaboration in this area.