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Battery storage for Ports & Harbours

Battery energy storage to navigate a sustainable future in maritime operations

Adapting sustainable energy solutions 

Reducing maritime emissions is now an urgent priority for the sector as it faces increasing pressure to reduce its environmental footprint. Coupled with this is the energy transition which will increasingly have a significant impact on ports and the role of port authorities.

Ports that proactively adopt sustainable energy solutions position themselves as leaders in compliance and contribute to broader efforts in achieving international sustainability goals. Embracing these solutions is not just a matter of compliance; it’s a strategic move towards future-proofing port and harbour infrastructure.

Additional power when you need it

Adopting battery energy storage solutions as part of an overall energy management strategy will have a positive impact on a range of measures for ports and harbours. Battery energy storage is a versatile tool that can help organisations to transform their energy use.

Overcome grid constraints

The lack of power available at UK ports is one of the biggest barriers to electrification, with BESS you can: 

  • Store electricity from renewable generation or direct from the grid
  • Avoid or reduce the need to add additional connection capacity

Make the most of solar and wind generation

Ports and harbours are ideally located to utilise solar and wind power, tied with BESS to: 

  • Use cleaner energy to be utilised throughout the evening when solar is no longer providing power
  • Store renewable energy throughout the day to be used at higher demand times
  • Support fleet and site decarbonisation
  • Provide a circular economy approach

Mitigate peak energy demand spikes

Large fluctuations in energy demand are common in ports and harbours, whereas BESS:

  • Provides a longer-term solution to load balancing
  • Boosts the capacity on site by using the battery
  • Adapts the charging profile to reduce conflicts with other site loads and tariffs
  • Adds capacity that could also benefit other site loads

Electrification of vehicles and equipment

Providing a consistent power supply, with BESS

  • Able to facilitate electrification by smoothing demand at peak times
  • Addressing the growth in electricity demand in the maritime industry
  • Providing cleaner power when incorporated with renewable generation

Support ship to shore

Reducing port emissions with ship to shore and BESS

  • Bridges the ‘power gap’ providing a more affordable alternative to substation upgrades
  • Supports the implementation of shore power enabling docked ships to connect to the local electrical grid
  • Avoids the need for additional connections that would place additional stress on the local energy network and would require significant capital expenditure

Find out more about the benefits of battery energy storage for Ports & Harbours in our new guide.

Our 300kW/ 360kWh system provides a positive carbon benefit of: 150 tonnes of CO2e compared with a BESS using brand new batteries.

Why choose Connected Energy?

Easy integration

of battery storage with EV chargers

Years of experience

working with EV charging companies

Energy optimisation

across a whole site’s assets

Full service

from site surveys to aftercare

Project management

that supports EV installation timelines

Finance options

to help minimise upfront costs

Download our whitepaper

Get your copy of our latest guide outlining how battery energy storage can be used to support the decarbonisation of energy within the ports and harbours industry.

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