Port of Amsterdam is to purchase energy for ships that moor in the Port in partnership with EXE and Senfal without the intervention of an energy supplier. This is the first time an organisation is using Entrnce, a transaction platform provided by Energy eXchange Enablers, which is a division of Alliander.
‘Our aim is to ultimately be able to meet the Port’s energy needs through our own green energy generation. This shore power project is a forerunner of this,’ says Port of Amsterdam’s Sustainable Energy Programme Manager Robin Schipper.
Shore power connections have been installed for river cruise ships and inland navigation vessels on quays in order to minimise the use of diesel generators. This had always been arranged through the energy supplier. ‘We asked Senfal to write smart software for us. We are already informed of berths and times via an app. Senfal has supplied software that enables us to predict the next day’s energy consumption in a fully automated way.’
Senfal provides self-learning procurement software for this purpose. ‘We can predict shore power consumption precisely based on Port of Amsterdam’s data. This enables us to determine the amount of power that must be purchased on an hourly basis. This purchasing profile is then automatically purchased via Entrnce,’ says Senfal Managing Director Sander ten Kate. ‘This allows us to optimise energy purchasing for Port of Amsterdam in the same way we also normally do this in industry.’
Harry van Breen, General Manager at Alliander’s startup: ‘Calculations show that Port of Amsterdam can achieve savings of 30%. So doing it yourself pays off.’ The savings can be realised through Port of Amsterdam arranging a couple of steps in the energy chain in a different way than usual. The smart software will also make it rare for too much power to be purchased. ‘The predictability of the energy consumption on shore is very high because Port of Amsterdam knows its processes well.’
Entrnce enables every form of bilateral energy contracts. Port of Amsterdam can consequently choose to purchase energy anywhere it likes. ‘We have initially opted for simplicity by purchasing energy on the APX exchange,’ says Schipper.
‘But we want to move to a situation in which Entrnce can also arrange the purchasing via a sustainable generation facility in the Port. We envision a marketplace for sustainable energy in the Port in the longer term. One that is operated by and for the businesses in the port area. Due to the large volumes, this can have an advantageous effect on energy prices for residents in the immediate vicinity.’