Delivering sustainable energy solutions for ports: SUSPORTS

Delivering sustainable energy solutions for ports: SUSPORTSNew emissions legislations and the increased cost of energy are encouraging ports to increase energy efficiency by looking into new technologies. The University of Reading joined the SUSPORTS project together with CRESS systems, Royal HaskoningDHV and Valencia Port Foundation. The objective is to reduce greenhouse gases emission by increasing the efficiency of Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) cranes in European container ports, starting from three terminals: Port of Felixstowe, the largest port in Britain; NOATUM and MSC, the two major ports in Valencia (Spain).

Delivering sustainable energy solutions for ports: SUSPORTSThe tasks assigned to the University of Reading focus on the mathematical models and the data analysis required to evaluate the potential energy savings and the best strategy to follow in order to maximise the benefits. The use of energy storage systems on a crane opens the possibility to recover potential energy and to decrease the stress on the primary energy source, reducing energy consumption and increasing the lifetime of the crane's electrical systems. Accurate models of a crane and of a flywheel energy storage system will enable rapid testing of control strategies, test multiple scenarios and assess the benefits of the reuse of recovered energy.

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