Floating battery as clean energy source for city and port

Under the name Project Clean Amsterdam, Skoon Energy and Port of Amsterdam are launching a floating battery that provides the city and port with clean energy. In this way, the two companies contribute to relieving the burden on the electricity network.

Because the battery is on a ship, green power is now available everywhere from the water.

Skoon is the platform where the use of mobile batteries is optimised by bringing supply and demand together. The platform offers all kinds of services to make the partial concept of temporary clean energy supplies as accessible as possible.

Port of Amsterdam uses the mobile battery to absorb temporary peaks in the shore-based power network. These peaks occur mainly in April and May. More river cruise ships will be visiting Amsterdam for the opening of the Keukenhof. The available shore-based power supply is not always sufficient. As a result, the moored ships turn on their diesel generators. This causes noise nuisance and extra emissions.

The battery supplies green power at peak times like these and does not cause any noise nuisance. The battery uses sustainable energy sources from the port such as Wind Farm Ruigoord, solar panels and energy from biomass from AEB. In this way it contributes to the ambition of Port of Amsterdam for a zero emission port.

Robin Schipper, innovation manager at Port of Amsterdam: "With this project we can absorb the peaks in the use of shore power for river cruise ships. With the current power connection we can now supply eight ships with shore power at one location, while power is required for ten ships. There are several times in a day when ships temporarily require more power. By switching on the battery at those moments, we create an extra buffer in the available capacity of the grid manager. Together with Skoon and Zoev City, we will also use the battery for the inner city of Amsterdam".

Daan Geldermans, co-founder of Skoon: "The possibilities of using mobile batteries are endless. For example, if there is work on the quays and bridges in Amsterdam, they can replace polluting diesel generators. Zoev City's electrically powered ship takes care of the transport of the battery. In this way we reduce pressure on the congested road network in Amsterdam and do not take up parking spaces. In addition, the battery substantially reduces noise pollution and emissions in the city. The floating battery is faster, smarter and cleaner!

Over the next six months, the floating battery will be used for a fortnight in the port, followed by two weeks of work in the city. Construction sites, events and film sets often need temporary power supplies. Traditionally, diesel generators are then used. With a growing network of mobile batteries and available grid connections, the step to an emission-free solution is a lot easier. Zoev City can deliver the battery to the city's capillaries via the canals.

There will also be a demonstration container on the Ruijterkade, near the harbour building. The joint task of the port and the city in the energy transition will be made tangible here on the basis of this project.

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