Energy transition

Test with extra shore-based power from battery for inland shipping

11 March 2022
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Free shore-based power for trial participants in Rotterdam

Free shore-based power is available at Maaskade in Rotterdam for large inland vessels (CEMT class V and higher) that participate in a trial with shore-based power from a battery system. Skoon Energy has installed a battery system there on behalf of the Port of Rotterdam Authority to strengthen the local shore-based power supply for inland shipping.

Shore power battery on the North Island

In the centre of Rotterdam, there is a ban on generators for inland navigation that is lying idle. The inland shipping sector can make use of shore-based power there. However, some ships need more power than the facilities can provide. The battery supports the shore-based power boxes on the quay by making more power available for the moored ships. The trial will last until 31 March 2022 and should show whether the battery system in combination with the local shore-based power box can meet that demand.

Since 2010, shore-based power boxes for inland shipping have been installed at about 60 locations in the centre of Rotterdam. These boxes can supply shore-based power to four to six inland vessels up to a maximum of 40 Ampere. These days, some larger inland vessels (in CEMT class V and above) require more power. To meet this demand without having to take drastic measures, the Port Authority has opted for this flexible solution.

63 Ampere

By placing the battery between the existing shore-based power box and the inland vessel, the battery will supply the extra required power up to a maximum of 63A when an inland vessel requires more than 40A. In such a case, without the battery in between, the fuse would blow and the inland vessel would be without power. In addition, in the old situation, other inland vessels can no longer use this shore-based power connection until things have been repaired. Linking the battery system prevents this situation and also makes it possible to provide larger ships with shore-based power.

Skoon Energy

Skoon is an online hire platform for the use of mobile batteries and other forms of clean mobile energy. Companies can offer or book mobile energy storage in an accessible marketplace. With a wide range of energy solutions and smart analysis, Skoon offers a clean and financially viable alternative to polluting diesel generators. Festivals, events, construction sites, film sets, ships and many more applications have easy access to clean energy through Skoon.

Energy transition

Shore-based power is an important part of the energy transition. Ships moored at the quay often run on generators for the energy required on board. This involves emissions of, among other things, particulate matter, nitrogen and CO2. Shore-based power offers the opportunity to reduce these emissions by providing ships with a clean energy source.