In order to bring together suppliers and users of energy technologies, the State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation, the State Ministry of Urban Development and Environment, and the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) initiated the joint project Energy Cooperation of the Port of Hamburg (“smartPORT Energy”). Attractive consulting and support programmes offered in co-operation with UmweltPartnerschaft Hamburg, an association to promote a sustainable, resource-efficient economy, are to motivate the port industry to join Hamburg’s efforts to switch to renewable energies. At the same time, Hamburg-based companies have the opportunity to deploy their products at a prominent place and test new ones – “Made in Hamburg” for Hamburg. The application of modern energy technologies in the Port of Hamburg will maintain and even boost its competitiveness. The port will become a “flagship port” for renewable energies.
Clean green energies
Dependence on conventionally generated energy will be decreased by expanding alternative energy sources, providing them in line with demand and developing additional storage capacities. The aim is to install up to seven additional wind power plants in the Port of Hamburg over the years to 2015. In addition, many industrial and commercial halls in the Port of Hamburg have large roofs which are ideal for the installation of photovoltaics and solar thermal collectors. The green waste produced in and around the port area, e.g. around dykes and other lawn areas, is to be fermented to biogas this as yet unused biomass can replace fossil and/or conventional fuels.
The provision of alternative power supply facilities for ships in the Port of Hamburg is also being expanded. In a first step, shore power equipment for cruise ships to plug into while docked is to be installed at the terminal in Altona. In addition, a pilot project will be initiated to supply external power to container vessels as part of the “Green Shipping Line” between the ports of Hamburg and Shanghai. Hamburg’s efforts are supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development.