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Past projects

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  • Our terminal is one of the UK’s most sustainable and energy efficient public buildings, which has achieved a ‘very good’ rating under the international environmental BREEAM standard. Innovative technology includes sea water harvesting used to flush toilets and regulate temperature in the building. Wind capture is also utilised on the roof for cooling the building.
  • The Port Energy Systems Optimisation (PESO) project demonstrated how ports can use smart grid technology and energy storage to decarbonise their activities, and reduce their adverse impact on air quality,  using a system comprising a novel dual chemistry battery and a multi-level control system. The control system includes an AI-based capability that learns from historic energy consumption profiles to ensure that the battery can deliver as much energy as possible when demand is high.
  • The SHAPE UK project, which includes:
    • A 35kW Hydrogen electrolyser pilot to be installed at the port in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth, fully funded under the Clean Maritime Demonstration Call.
    • A 300HP Hydrogen powered launch for port conservancy, mooring operations and safety patrols fully funded by the Clean Maritime Demonstration Call built in collaboration with Portsmouth and Brighton Universities.
    • A virtual ‘Digital Twin’ of the port to be used to investigate energy management potential for visiting ships fully funded by the Clean Maritime Demonstration Call, and in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth
  • Zero-emission light vehicles and vans for port staff, powered by electricity.
  • Electric vehicle charging points for customers and staff at the port.
  • New shore power facilities on Berth 1 for smaller ships, powered by on-site battery storage
  • Voi e-scooter and Beryl Bike docks installed at the port for sustainable travel
  • ‘Together we can’ education project with The Flying Bull Academy, artist Peter Driver, Aspex Portsmouth, Portico and B4T.
  • Investment in LED floodlighting around the port which has reduced the amount of energy used for that purpose by around 60%.
  • The opening of the Trafalgar Gate Link Road had reduced millions of miles of commuter and lorry travel each year since its introduction. Prior to Trafalgar Gate being opened, all traffic for Portico and Portsmouth Naval Base had to travel into the city centre.
  • Portsmouth is within a SECA (Sulphur Emission Control Area) which requires sulphur content of all bunker fuel to be below 0.1%. This is why devices on ships called scrubbers, are fitted to remove particulate matter and harmful components, such as sulphur oxides (SOx) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). Alternatively, ships use just high grade MGO (Marine Gas Oil) instead, to keep the emissions below the 0.1% level.

Interreg innovation projects

  • The new sustainable linkspan at Berth 4, installed as part of the Interreg 2 Seas Ports Energy and Carbon Savings (PECS) project, has soft start electric motors, LED lighting and steel of greater quality to increase longevity from 25 years to 35 years.
  • The Interreg 2 Seas Ports Energy SPEED (Smart Ports Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development)  project is building an ecosystem for smart port app development in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the UK, bridging the gap between the worlds of European ports and the nascent data science – IoT market. Find out more.