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Tyne wins funding to test low carbon tech

[ September 22, 2021   //   ]

Port of Tyne, together with Siemens and a consortium of three further partners have been granted funding by the Department of Transport to create a blueprint for the decarbonisation of the UK’s ports.

The project is part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, which is investing £30m in a number of initiatives to reduce emissions from the maritime sector.

Siemens and the Port of Tyne will work with Connected Places Catapult, Newcastle University and the North East LEP to deploy a real-time digital platform for scenario planning and feasibility studies that will help determine the port’s future power needs. Understanding its current and forecast power usage as well as its infrastructure opportunities will enable the port to define its path to decarbonisation – and ultimately achieve its vision of becoming a net-zero port.

The project consortium will leverage its technical expertise, academic research and wider industry knowledge to integrate renewable energy information into the purpose-built digital port platform. This will allow the partners to determine which renewable energy implementations will offer the greatest benefits to the port and what capacity it will need from the grid in future.