The Amsterdam showcase of e-harbours investigated whether the huge battery packs of electric canal cruise boats and small leisure (rental) boats could potentially be used as a balancing tool for the local grid. An exploration of the business cases showed possible reductions in energy costs of 10 to 12%. When the boating companies cooperate with other companies (both users and producers of energy), the cluster can start trading on the energy market (APX). Then really staggering reductions on energy costs of 25 to 30% come within reach. Technical issues are not the show stopper. The conclusion: there are viable business cases, especially when boating companies unite, and can forge a coalition with network owners to integrate the battery capacity in the grid.
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This is e-harbours“The e-harbours movement project aims at finding new partners for realizing smart energy solutions in harbour areas in Europe.
The project runs from July 2014 to July 2015 and is supported by EU Interreg IVB North Sea Regions Programme.
- The e-harbours project has been endorsed by the European Commission's Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign as an Official Partner.