We help ports across the UK address the challenges of resilience, cost efficiency and decarbonisation.
Maintaining a continuous energy supply is essential to ensure ports across the UK continue to operate and provide the gateway between the UK and the rest of the world.
Operators of UK ports must be confident that their electricity infrastructure is of the highest quality and continually maintained to avoid interruptions to their operations. This is essential to ensure the productivity of port operations and ongoing supply that keeps ports open and trade following in and out of the country.
As ports continue to expand due to increases in traffic and to cater for larger ships, so too are their electricity networks.
As electrification and automation of cranes and vehicles progresses, the growth in demand will force port operators to optimise their existing networks and upgrade their energy infrastructure with minimal capital expenditure, while reducing energy costs and mitigating business risks.
Air quality and lower carbon emission targets are forcing ports to decarbonise their operations in the journey to net zero. There are now opportunities to provide shore to ship power and electrify cranes and forklifts, decreasing the reliance on diesel power.
This will have significant impact on electricity networks, and will require a comprehensive energy infrastructure strategy to adopt sustainable technologies that will eventually replace equipment traditionally powered by fossil fuels.
Hitachi Energy and UK ports
We’ve joined forces with Hitachi Energy to provide smart energy infrastructure technologies and solutions to ensure resilience, cost efficiency and enable ports to begin their net zero journey. This partnership combines the strengths of two leading businesses serving the transport industry:
- UK Power Networks Services – world-class engineering, capital finance and experience working in complex and critical infrastructure environments.
- Hitachi Energy – global knowledge and renowned energy infrastructure products and technologies.
Together, our solutions will power zero-emission ports and terminals, giving control over their energy infrastructure and the decarbonisation of operations. Our collaboration is designed to deliver end-to-end solutions including consultancy, design, solutions and products, financing, build and install, test and commission, operate and maintain.
The UK has committed to significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. It has set an ambitious legal target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
As a business develops its infrastructure and builds its power distribution network, having visibility and control over the live status of existing or new electrical networks and the ability to respond rapidly to faults brings significant benefits.