Ecotap Marine was awarded a grant by City of Nijmegen in the CLINSH Action on onshore power supply (OPS). Ecotap Marine, spun off a leading supplier of charging solutions for electric vehicles, will install two innovative OPS cabinets at the embankment of the EKI site in the Oost-Kanaalhaven industrial port. With these cabinets, Ecotap and the City of Nijmegen aim to demonstrate that the business case for OPS can be improved by providing additional services in a port.
The OPS cabinets will be used to provide electricity to hibernating river cruise vessels during off-season and cargo ships during overnight berthing and overhaul periods. Furthermore, the cabinets feature a number of services, which provide added value to the port authority, the quay owner and the skippers. One cabinet will be equipped with air quality sensors, a lighting pole for the quay (4.5m high), and will function as a GPS-coordinated delivery point for internet shopping by ship’s crew. The other cabinet features an electric vehicle charge point with load balancing between OPS and electric vehicle charging, another lighting pole and closed circuit camera for security monitoring of the quay.
The Ecotap/EKI initiative, along with the project at APN (see previous newsletter), will help solve the shortage of OPS in the industrial port of Nijmegen. The city has already been successful in providing OPS on public quays, but in CLINSH the focus is on private quays. EKI is hosting the new OPS cabinets as part of their sustainable re-development of a former paper mill into a multi-use events location, which also serves as a renewable energy plant with 40,000 sqm solar panels.
Each OPS cabinet will provide 3-phase 63 Ampere and 3-phase 32 Ampere connections. The charge point for electric vehicles on one of the cabinets provides 22 kW power. The OPS fee is 25 eurocents/kWh (ex. VAT), 2 cents below the common fee in the Netherlands. The expected consumption per year will be around 47 MWh per year in a medium scenario. The use of OPS will be mandatory for ships berthed at this location.