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Tianjin port to develop the world’s first zero carbon terminal

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China’s northern port of Tianjin is to develop its port section C, an intelligent container facility that will it says be the world’s first smart zero carbon terminal.

Tianjin port section C intelligent container terminal is a new version automatic container terminal constructed by Tianjin Port, which will be put into operation at the end of this year. 

To achieve zero carbon emission, the terminal will build a green energy supply system matching the terminals energy consumption. All the port loading and unloading equipment, horizontal transportation facility and auxiliary equipment will be powered by electricity. 

"Compared with other automated container terminals, the intelligent container terminal in section C is still building wind turbines and photovoltaics on site, allowing the terminal to use electricity for its own use, and truly achieve 'zero carbon' emissions,” Chen Yanping, deputy general manager of Tianjin Port Group Kexin Facilities Department said.

 “In the initial stage of the terminal’s production, according to throughput calculations, we will install two wind turbines and install photovoltaics on the roof to achieve green energy supply. As the terminal’s throughput increases, energy consumption will also increase. Next year, we will install two new wind turbines in due course to match energy consumption with energy supply and realize dynamic zero carbon emissions of the zero-carbon terminal."

Combining the traditional cargo handling technology with automatic operation, the terminals energy consumption will be reduced by 17%.

During the "14th five year plan" period, the port will focus on "carbon peak" and "carbon neutralisation", as well as clean energy utilization, green low-carbon transportation and green energy supply, and develop a multi-source integrated green energy system of "wind, light, storage and hydrogen", said Tianjin port. 

 

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