The overall objective of CLEANPORT project is to demonstrate a viable clean alternative maritime power system consisting of on board gas auxiliary generation with Natural Gas (NG) and LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas). Hence the project strives to contribute to the new infrastructure Directive 2014/94/EU and other EU Directives relating to emissions and air quality, such as Directive 2012/33/EU on sulphur content of marine fuels and on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe.
To achieve the overall objective, the project provided for a study with a pilot deployment of a new technological solution to reduce emissions within the Port Area in the Mediterranean Sea that is replicable, through four specific objectives.
The first specific objective is to define and design an innovative and feasible technological solution for clean auxiliary power generation. This solution will be applied in the core port of Barcelona and will become a clear reference for the European port cities. The proposed technological solution will offer significant benefits in the emissions of NOx, CO2, SOx and Particulate Matter when compared to existing emissions from the auxiliary engines.
The second specific objective is to facilitate LNG and Natural Gas bunkering in the port of Barcelona, where a natural gas and LNG bunkering mobile installation was developed.
The third specific objective is to contribute to the harmonisation of standards and regulations for port bunkering based on the implementation of the pilot. This process took into account the Spanish experience on the deployment of alternative solutions. It benefitted from the constitution of Advisory Panels which were established in the project, facilitating the participation in the European technical fora, such as technical committees or working groups.
The fourth specific objective is to develop new business models based principally on an energy service company (ESCO) model to verify the potential and repeatability of this solution. The project will evaluate new operational and energy services solution offered by ESCO and demonstrate that such a form of contract is technically viable, offering alternative electricity generation on-board.