ABB: Why aren't we using port electricity in Denmark?

ABB Denmark CEO Claus Madsen is puzzled by the lack of focus on getting ships docked in Denmark to use port electricity, instead of using the engine as the primary power source. This would benefit both shipowners, the ports, the state, and the environment, he says.

The idea behind port electricity is simple enough. Instead of having ships docked at ports use their engines as a power source, thus making noise, using fuel, and polluting, the ships would instead get their power from a facility in the port, through a cable. This benefits the shipping company, which saves money on fuel, the port, because it would result in less noise, vibrations, and emissions, and finally, it would benefit the state, which could make money on tax revenues.

The technology is new, but it is gaining foothold in countries around Denmark, and it is already up and running in Sweden, where six facilities have been established in ports, acting as power sources for the ships.

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