In the European wind energy capital Hamburg, the port increasingly relies on clean aeolian energy. Thus, terminal operator Eurogate is currently erecting a 200 m tall Nordex wind energy turbine, with a second one to follow soon. Propelled by rotors 117 m wide, the corporate windfarm will deliver 8.7 million kilowatt hours each year. Eurogate‘s ambitious target: to become the world‘s port operator covering its electricity needs from renewable sources.
Further wind turbines will soon join Eurogate. According to the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) as owner and operator of all port areas, applications for additional six wind turbines have been submitted.
The public Hamburg energy supplier Hamburg Energie, for instance, intends to add a third wind turbine to its existing two, already producing zero-emission energy at its Köhlbrandhöft site. The Trimet alumnium shelter also considers to partly cover its energy needs by company-operated wind turbines.
Corporate and public initiatives in wind energy and resource protection are now bundled by the new “Smart Port Energy“ programme. Launched by the Hamburg Senate, it strives to implement renewable energy use in shipping and turn the port into a showcase for the World Port congress held in Hamburg in 2015.