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Spanish and Italian ports test ‘green’ equipment

LNG Industry,

Through the TEN-T Programme, the EU will provide €3.1 million towards a project to test energy efficient and emission reducing equipment in the port of Valencia, Spain and Livorno, Italy.

Smart energy management

The project aims to establish examples of best practice in smart energy management and in use of alternative fuel in European ports.

The European project consortium, led by Valenciaport Foundation, plans to pilot nine real-life trials of last generation port container machinery and energy management systems to reduce carbon emissions and to increase the energy efficiency.

LNG and electricity

Specifically, the two-year initiative will focus on implementing a smart energy management system including dynamic lighting for the container terminal and on adapting equipment (such as cranes and tractors) to alternative fuels, LNG, and electricity.

The new system is expected to significantly reduce the current energy consumption in the port container terminals. For example, the piloted crane could use up to 50% less fuel than a standard full diesel crane.

The project is to be completed by December 2015.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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