TransPower Trucks Contribute to ‘a Wright Brothers Moment’
Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals, which operates a 40-acre facility at the Port of Los Angeles, is aiming to eliminate emissions with the help of a $14.5 million grant from the California Air Resources Board.
The project involves a fleet of new and retrofitted zero-emission electric vehicles and cargo-handling equipment, and “the latest generation of advanced technology for capturing ship emissions from vessels unable to plug into shore power at berth.”
“This is a Wright Brothers moment,” Pasha senior VP Jeffrey Burgin said in a release. “We’re going to be the proving ground to change the paradigm of how large industrial facilities can run on clean energy.
“We’re confident we can show this is absolutely attainable,” he said.
The Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project is described as “a full-scale, real-time demonstration of zero and near-zero emission technologies at a working marine terminal.”
At full build out, Pasha will be the world’s first marine terminal able to generate all of its energy needs from renewable sources.
‘Raising the Bar Again’
“The Port of Los Angeles is leading the world toward a sustainable future, and today we’re raising the bar again,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “With this partnership, we begin a new era for global shipping where we can eliminate emissions as we power our economy ahead.
“I look forward to seeing this innovative technology in action,” the mayor said.
The project’s developmental fleet of zero-emission cargo handling equipment includes four electrified yard tractors, two high-tonnage forklifts, two drayage trucks and a top handler.
TransPower & BYD
San Diego-based TransPower, a specialist in fully battery-electric Class 8 vehicles, is one of the project partners. BYD is to supply charging equipment.
Key components for the Green Omni Terminal include a 1.03 megawatt photovoltaic rooftop array, a 2.6 megawatt-hour battery storage system, “bi-directional” charging equipment that can receive as well as supply power, and an energy management control system.
Additionally, two wharf cranes will be upgraded with new electrical drives and control systems, and the project will demonstrate ShoreCat, the next generation of the METS-1 (Marine Exhaust Treatment System) for capturing at-berth vessel emissions without plugging into shore power.
METS-1, which was piloted at the Port of Los Angeles, is one of only two existing ARB-approved alternatives to shore power, Pasha says.
“With the goal of making the Pasha terminal a more sustainable and resilient facility that can operate independently off the grid in the event of a power loss, the project also features a microgrid that includes solar generation, battery storage and an energy management system to maximize usage,” states the Pasha release.
The 40-acre terminal handles general, project and heavy-lift cargoes of all shapes and sizes, including break bulk commodities such as steel and containerized cargo, “making it the ideal laboratory for developing zero- emission solutions for many industries.”
Equivalent of 14,100 Fewer Cars
“The Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project is a great example of moving forward to achieve greater emission reductions from port-related sources and improving air quality for those who live in the neighborhoods next to the port,” said Port of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka.
The comprehensive strategy is expected to reduce more than 3,200 tons per year of greenhouse gases and nearly 28 tons annually of diesel particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and other harmful emissions from operations at the nation’s busiest container port. The clean air gains equate to taking 14,100 cars a day off the road in the South Coast Air Basin.
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Source: Port of Los Angeles with Fleets & Fuels follow-up