Project budget8 070 649 €
ERDF amount3 981 011 €
One of the major challenges for the 2 Seas area is to achieve carbon reductions through introduction of low carbon technologies (incl. renewables and energy efficiency). This project is addressing this challenge; in particular the application of such technologies in maritime operations within small and medium sized (SMS-)ports. These ports face numerous common obstacles (f.e. limited resources, technical expertise, lack of collaboration, regulations) and as a result little has been done to reduce carbon emissions. Demonstrations of low carbon technologies and solutions in real life and different circumstances are required to raise awareness and to show feasibility. In addition to convince other SMS-ports it is also necessary to develop and showcase practical methods and tools as energy audit, potentials for renewables and the best mix of low carbon options. Finally SMS-ports needs practical models for low carbon investment & business cases and to come to energy cooperation structures.
Developing, testing and validating various methods, tools and concepts and realising and demonstrating proven and innovative applications for energy efficiency, specific coast-related renewable energy sources and energy storage in such a way that small and medium-sized ports will adopt and use these technologies much more, will start-up energycooperations with all local stakeholders (in and outside ports) and are able to reduce their carbon emissions significantly.
- 8 demonstrated technologic and economic feasible, innovative and state of the art low-carbon technologies in SMS-ports.
- 4 developed and validated tools and methods to achieve carbon reduction: energy audit, assessment of potentials of renewables, identification of energy savings, decision making to select the best mix of options.
- 1 developed and demonstrated model of an energy cooperation structure.
- 9 independent verification studies of feasibility of implementated low carbon technologies brought together in an overall report useful for other SMS-ports.
Organisations in the whole 2 Seas area who will benefit from these outputs are:
- 40 authorities of and local governments with SMS-ports.
- 40 companies in and users of SMS-ports.
- 20 SMEs specialized in low carbon technologies.
- 10 knowledge and research institutes specialized in low carbon and marine technologies.
Cross border approach
To achieve the main project objectives, outputs and results and to make them usable for all SMS- ports in the 2 Seas area it is necessary to work cross border and to have a partnership which includes a variety of ports and experienced knowledge institutions. Only then it is possible to develop widely applicable and useful tools and methods and to carry out pilot investments with low carbon technologies in order to demonstrate and validate their feasibility. Only when this can be demonstrated these examples can convince other ports to take the same measures. Also to develop good concepts and business models, which consist of a mix of measures, it is necessary to have different ports with very different circumstances on board in which these concepts and models can be tested and validated for wide use in the two seas area. Finally, the cross-border cooperation is needed to come to boundless usable governance structures in which authorities and all users of SMS-ports cooperate.
In this third year, due to COVID-19, PECS has made some, but not much progress in the achievement of outputs, communication (newsletters, social media, press releases, publications and presentations at events) and cross border cooperation.
All partners have submitted claims and achieved a total spending € 6.8 mio (approx. 84% of total budget). The little underspending is mainly due to COVID-19 and delays in the realisation of three pilots (O13-IndaChlor, O11-Port of Ostend and O8-Hellevoetsluis). In the first and third case problems with permits are the main cause, but for O13 this has been solved and for O8 partly. In the second case there were problems with design and tendering, but these are solved now. So the project will spend the whole (or almost) budget by the end of the project in 2021.
Although the project is behind schedule, most outputs are completed or almost completed. In WP1 (tools and methods), 4 of the 5 outputs are ready, and for the last one, O4, a draft version is ready. In WP2, one output (O6-overall verification study) has been completed and the second one (O7-overall testing and monitoring report) is half way and will be completed in March
Also 6 out of 8 pilots are ready: Wind turbine in Ostend, Linkspan in Portsmouth, Floating Solar panels in Hellevoetsluis, LEM-Platform in OD IJmond The Small wind turbines in Hellevoetsluis and the Energy pontoon of BPS. The first 4 are also tested and monitored, the last 2 are now being tested. The 2 other pilots (O11 and O13) have some delays and will be completed in 2021 (at the latest in June).
Regarding specific objectives and results good results can been reported for 3 pilots, only the Medium sized wind turbine has less results than expected. For the tools/methods which are ready we don’t yet know how much they are used by others. This will be investigated by a survey which will be executed in January-March 2021.
Cross-border cooperation proceeds well. Knowledge partners have collaborated on development of methods and port partners contributed by testing’s. In the other way around, knowledge partners have supported pilot partners with their investments (monitoring). Collaboration is also good with regard to management and communication.