ABB In­dia’s first shore-to-ship power sup­ply for Tu­ti­corin port to re­duce car­bon foot­print

Power Watch India - - DESPATCHES NATIONAL -

In line with the gov­ern­ment of In­dia’s ‘Project Green Ports’ project, ABB In­dia has com­mis­sioned a state-of-the-art solution for shore-to-ship power sup­ply for ships at the VO Chi­dambara­nar Port, for­merly Tu­ti­corin Port. This solution ex­pands the scope of the green agenda be­yond re­new­able power to tech­nol­ogy, which will en­able ships dock­ing at a port to plug for power in­stead of run­ning on pol­lut­ing diesel gen­er­a­tors and us­ing ex­pen­sive power.

The In­dian grid de­liv­ers power at a fre­quency of 50 Hz. So ships, most of which ad­here to Euro­pean stan­dards of 60 Hz, have to de­pend on on-board diesel gen­er­a­tors for power. For an av­er­age dock­ing time of 60 hours for a com­mer­cial ves­sel at a port, the diesel gen­er­a­tors pro­duce a stag­ger­ing 360 MT of car­bon diox­ide. ABB shore-to-ship tech­nol­ogy sup­plies ships that are docked with elec­tric­ity from shore, so that they can turn off the diesel en­gines that pro­vide elec­tric­ity for sys­tems like heat­ing, light­ing and re­frig­er­a­tion of the ves­sel, and re­duce green­house gas and noise emis­sions in port.

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