Port of Kristiansand to Boast Europe’s Largest Shorepower System

By ,   May 31, 2018 ,   Cruise Industry

The shorepower system in Kristiansand, Norway will become the largest in Europe due to the cooperation between local energy company Agder Energi Nett and Denmark-based PowerCon.

The facility is financed via the EU Horizon-2020 program for research and innovation. It's of a scale that even the largest cruise ships in the world can connect and shut down engines while at berth.

Port of Kristiansand, Norway

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

Port of Kristiansand has made significant investment over the last 5 years. What makes the system unique is the frequency converter which will provide the ships with 50/60 Hz according to the demand.

The system will be integrated in 8 twenty-foot containers which can deliver up 16 MVA electrical energy, in accordance with international high voltage IEC 80005-1 standard.

The facility's developer, PowerCon, has over recent years delivered shorepower systems to several Norwegian ports.

The total investment features a budget of around EUR 4 million, co-financed by the EU and Horizon 2020 SME program. The project will be a major contributor to the achievement of EU target of shorepower in all major European ports by 2025.