Kristiansand, Norway, Offers Shorepower

In cooperation with Danish company PowerCon and local energy company Agder Energi Nett, the shorepower system in Kristiansand will be Europe’s largest.

The facility is financed through the EU Horizon-2020 programme for research and innovation. It is of such a scale that even the world’s largest cruiseships can connect and shut down the engines while at berth.

The shorepower will be established and tested within the cruise season of 2018 at the Port of Kristiansand, promoting the port as a front-runner in this technology.

The port has made significant investment over the last five years. What makes this system unique is the frequency converter that will provide the ships with 50/60 Hz according to the ship’s demand.

The system will be integrated in a total of eight twenty-foot containers that can deliver up 16 MVA electrical energy, in accordance with the international high voltage IEC 80005-1 standard.

PowerCon is developing the facility and has over recent years delivered a range of shorepower systems to a number of Norwegian ports.
The total investment has a budget of about €4m, co-financed by the European Union and the Horizon 2020 SME programme. The project will be an important contributor to the achievement of the EU target of shorepower in all important European ports by 2025.

(Cruise Europe)