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UKPNS begins work at Port of Tyne to aid its transition to all-electric

Image: UKPNS.

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UK Power Networks Services (UKPNS) is to undertake detailed modelling and analysis of the Port of Tyne’s electricity network to enable it electrify.

The port has announced a decarbonisation roadmap that will see it electrify all its operations by 2040 and significantly reduce its net greenhouse gas emission to zero by 2030.

By having a detailed understanding of the current and future electricity network at the site, the Port of Tyne will be able to implement new technologies such as electric cranes, electric vehicles and sustainable generation technologies like solar panels.

This will be the first step in an “exciting journey to decarbonisation through electrification” said Lee Maxwell, head of client delivery at UKPNS.

“Their demand for electricity will grow as a result of electrifying their cranes, the addition of electric vehicles and the integration of sustainable energy generation,” Maxwell continued. “Our analysis will forecast the impact an increased electricity load will have on Port of Tyne and ensure the port’s operations remain resilient.

“This electrification ambition will set Port of Tyne apart as a leader in the industry by making a significant positive impact to sustainability and air quality in the local area and we look forward to further supporting the port in their important journey.”

A number of other UK ports have begun their decarbonisation journeys including Portsmouth International Port – which is installing solar and storage as part of the Port Energy Systems Optimisation project – and the Port of Hull – which installed a 6.5MW rooftop solar array at the end of 2020.

As part of the Port of Tyne’s decarbonisation project, it will launch the UK’s only fully electric mobile harbour crane, as well as converting its legacy diesel-powered assets to electric, a move that has already eliminated 700 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

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