INEGI joins new project to make seaports more efficient and sustainable

08 - 07 - 2019

Promoting the use of renewable energies in seaports, especially those originating from the sea, and thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, is the goal of the PORTOS - Ports Towards Energy Self-Sufficiency project whose official kick-off meeting will take place this monday.

INEGI is one of the partners of the project and will contribute with its capital of knowledge and experience in the field of renewable energies, specifically wave energy, as well as in the area of sustainability and energy efficiency.

"Currently, seaports consume a lot of energy and are a major source of pollution. This project aims to respond to this problem through the integration of alterative energies, such as those arising from waves, tides and wind energy, "says Ana Magalhães, responsible for the project at INEGI.

Tiago Morais, INEGIs head of sea economy technology, adds: "Renewable marine energies are a promising alternative, and this approach is advantageous for ports, as it harnesses the synergy between marine and offshore infrastructures. the available energy resources ".

PORTOS also aims to increase the energy and environmental sustainability of these infrastructures, thus contributing to the creation of a road map for a more competitive and sustainable sector.

The partners intend to develop new technologies, or to adapt and optimize the existing ones, specific for the supply of renewable energy in these places, as well as establish guidelines for energy self-sufficiency. Transferring the knowledge created for the sector is also a priority.

For this, the project contemplates actions in the field, that will focus on seaports in the coastal areas of the Atlantic Area. Three will be objects of study and later, the solutions developed throughout the project will be tested in two other ports.

"INEGI will have under its responsibility the physical, socioeconomic and energy characterization of the ports, and the knowledge transfer to the sector", says Ana Magalhães. "It will also support a range of activities, such as the evaluation of various renewable resources and their efficiency from an economic point of view."

Led by the University of Porto, the project has 16 more partners, involving universities, companies, and public entities from several European countries.

The project is co-financed by the Interreg Atlantic Area Program through the European Regional Development Fund.