We understand the balance of resilience, expansion and decarbonisation that challenge ports across the UK.
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 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 impact on energy infrastructure as demand grows will force port operators to optimise their existing networks and integrate new technologies to maintain resilience.
Corporate targets and pressure from regulators to improve sustainability credentials is forcing ports to decarbonise their operations. 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.
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.