Demand for power and energy in the port of Kristiansand – today and in the future
Through electrification, the Port of Kristiansand aims to be the most modern port in Norway. Therefore, THEMA set out to quantify the port’s demand for power and energy during the spring of 2020. With our port model, THEMA also provide a quantitative forecast of the demand for energy and power for the next ten years at the Port of Kristiansand. Going forward, the port wishes to function as an energy hub in the heart of the city, and it is therefore important to find zero emission solutions to meet the port’s ambitions. With our broad knowledge of both zero-emission transport and the power system, we could provide an excellent knowledge basis for the opportunities to come.
Shore power reduces emissions equivalent to 8000 cars
For sea transport, it is an accepted truth that shore power facilities cut emissions. But how much does it actually help? The Port of Kristiansand installed their first shore power facility in 2014, to be able to cut emissions from ships at shore. Up until now, the exact benefits of these facilities were not quantified. THEMA estimated the reduction in emissions to 17 000 tons of CO2 equivalents in 2020, which is approximately equal to the emissions of 8000 cars. Further, THEMA proposed new solutions for continued reduction of emissions towards 2030.
Our port model provides detailed overview of energy usage and emissions
The THEMA port model quantifies energy and power demand in a restricted geographical area, which in this case was the municipality of Kristiansand. The model combines AIS data with other traffic data to calculate energy usage and climate gas emissions. The model further specifies which emissions are connected to ships at shore, and which originate in ships in sailing. Further, emissions from specific ships can be quantified. The THEMA port model provides a quantitative basis for evaluating which actions are more efficient in reducing emissions.