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An Alliance Against Harbor Smog

Posted on May 19, 2009

Siemens Energy and the Lübeck municipal utilities have agreed to partner on the implementation on projects for shoreside power supply to ships berthed in port. The objective of the partnership is to offer the entire solutions portfolio for energy-efficient, eco-friendly shoreside power supply ranging from energy consulting to technical implementation within Europe.

As soon as ships have obtained the power they need from the shoreside power supply system, they can shut down the diesel generators otherwise kept running while the ships are berthed in port. Because the diesel generators not only produce power but also exhaust gases, soot, particulates and noise, ships with shoreside power supply thus also help to reduce harbor smog, which is becoming an increasingly serious environmental problem in many port cities.

In late August 2008, Siemens Energy and the Lübeck municipal utilities successfully put Germany’s first shoreside power supply system for merchant shipping on line. The shoreside power supply system installed on the Nordland dock at the port of Lübeck provides an economical, eco-friendly supply of electrical energy to ships while they are berthed in port via the local medium-voltage network.

The agreement regulates cooperation relating to the acquisition, planning and execution of shoreside power supply projects. Energy-efficient power supply solutions for ships berthed in port are part of Siemens environmental portfolio.

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