Port as an energy hub

What does the future energy system at Brattøra look like? Together with Trøndelag County Municipality, Trondheim Municipality, Tensio, Statkraft Varme and Trønderenergi, The Port Authorities of Trondheim are searching for new energy solutions.

In the «Municipal sub-plan: climate and energy 2017 – 2030», the municipality of Trondheim aims to cut direct emissions of greenhouse gases by 80 per cent by 2030.

The transport sector currently accounts for a third of the total climate emissions in Norway. Of this, maritime transport accounts for just under 1/4 of the transport sector’s emissions. By facilitating energy systems that reduce emissions from maritime transport, the Port of Trondheim will be an important contributor to achieving climate goals, both locally and nationally.

During a year, there is a lot of traffic in and around the port of Trondheim. In 2019, 81 cruise ships visited Trondheim – with a total emission of approx. 2000 tonnes of CO2 according to a survey DNVGL commissioned for the Port of Trondheim. In addition, there are emissions from freight traffic, high-speed boats, port operations, scheduled traffic, buildings and land-based traffic. This traffic is expected to increase in the next few years, as will energy needs.

The Port of Trondheim will start establishing onshore and charging power at Brattøra, first for the coastal route, then for cruise traffic within, but the development of facilities for onshore and charging power will be challenging for the current electricity capacity at Brattøra.

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Through the report «Brattøra as an energy hub» – Sweco has prepared a feasibility study for the further concept study of a new energy system at Brattøra. The report is funded by the Norwegian Environment Agency’s climate rate program and describes the energy consumption and energy needs of the port’s activities today. The report will form a basis for further study and planning of a comprehensive energy network at Brattøra, including shore power. This requires both large investments and innovation around the current energy system.

The project group sees energy supply to the future zero-emission port in connection with the energy supply to the districts of the future, and work is also being done on a similar concept study for Nyhavna, so that one can look more closely at the energy flow between the two areas.

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