One of the research topics of the European Clean Inland Shipping project is shore power for barges. The aim is to propose measures to promote the use of shore power in the participating countries and regions (the Netherlands, Flanders and North Rhine-Westphalia).
The CLINSH partners hosted a workshop on onshore power supply during the Ports and the City conference in Nijmegen. Interim results were presented and potential measures discussed to increase availability and utilization of shore power facilities. The results show that there are clear environmental benefits of shore power, but the high investment cost has thusfar obstructed the business case for port authorities.
There are market initiatives to reduce costs by proposing design-construct-exploitation in one hand and broadening the proposition with other port facilities such as fresh water and data supply.
The CLINSH partners are aiming to develop new project applications for shore power in EU funding schemes, and welcome non-CLINSH partners to join.
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