Thursday 13 February 2020

Siemens builds Germany’s largest green power terminal for ships

Siemens builds Germany’s largest green power terminal for ships

Siemens is building Germany’s largest shore power system that will supply green electricity to two ships simultaneously for the first time at the Port of Kiel.

The Siharbor solution will provide “certified eco power” to the ships at the Port, which is the point of departure for cruises and has ferry connections to the Baltic states and Scandinavia.

It is expected to go into test operation within the 2020 cruise ship season and help reduce annual carbon emissions by more than 8,000 tons.

In 2018, a total of 32 different cruise ships stopped 174 times at the port facilities.

The project supports the City of Kiel’s ambition to become carbon neutral by 2050.

Dr. Dirk Claus, Managing Director with the Port of Kiel said: “By building this new shore power system we will actively support the climate objectives of the Schleswig-Holstein state capital. The shore connection system lets us draw electricity from renewable energy sources, both for cruise ships docked at the Ostseekai and for the ferry at the Schwedenkai.

“We thereby take on a leading role and consistently implement our Blue Port concept for a sustainable and future-oriented development of the Port of Kiel. In future 60% of the energy demand required by the ships entering Kiel will be covered by climate-friendly shore power as diesel generators will be shut down while they are berthed.”

Axel Mohr, Head of sales for Distribution Systems, Region North at Siemens Smart Infrastructure added: “We’re excited to support the Port of Kiel with this sustainable solution, thereby taking on a leading role in Europe together. Such systems will become increasingly important in the future, also outside of Germany, as climate protection goals are implemented."

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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