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Port of Hamburg joins forces to promote green energies

Hydrogen and liquefied natural gas will be tested as alternative energy suppliers

The Port of Hamburg is to become the incubator of green shipping and a showcase for renewable energies. The Ministry of Economy, Transport and Innovation, the Ministry for Urban Development and the Environment, and the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) have thus jointly established an energy co-operation for the Port of Hamburg. Its target is to free the way for cutting-edge environmental technology and innovations that will accelerate the energy transition and induce increased CO2 savings. To promote the energetic realignment of the port, Hamburg and and its harbour companies established an Energy Forum, which is to meet regularly at city hall under the chairmanship of the First Mayor.

In the course of the funding programme “Companies for Resource Protection“, Hamburg‘s port companies have already reduced their energy consumption by more than 40 per cent. The implementation of advanced energy efficiency measures and the introduction of energy management systems are to ensure that more 12,000 tonnes of CO2 will be avoided each year until May 2015. Another 50,000 tonnes of CO2 per year will be saved through additional power heat cogeneration plants and the improved use of waste heat. New potential sites for wind energy in the port area will also be examined, with the aim to set up up to seven additional wind turbines by 2015 in the Port of Hamburg.

Whether hydrogen and liquefied natural gas (LNG) are suitable alternatives for conventional ship diesel will be tested by tested by ships equipped with hybrid or fuel-cell drives. In addition, hydrogen buses are to be operated in the port by 2014. By 2015, a small-scale LNG terminal is to be built, and a new HPA vessel used for monitoring and testing be equipped with LNG technology.

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