The Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) has taken another step forward in its commitment to the use of renewable energies in the port facilities in its Valenciaport 2030, zero emissions strategy with the tender for the preliminary project for the installation of wind turbines to generate electrical energy in the Port of Valencia. The commitment to decarbonisation and the fight against climate change is the PAV’s main objective, 20 years ahead of the objectives set by the European institutions within the framework of the European Green Pact and in line with the sustainability strategy and Agenda 2030 of the Spanish Port System.
With the preparation of the preliminary project for the installation of wind turbines, with a base budget of 65,219 euros including VAT, the PAV is activating this initiative to provide the area of the northern extension of the Port of Valencia with wind turbines that will be integrated into the electricity self-supply network that the port is developing with clean energies. The PAV has been working for some time on this commitment to wind energy, in fact, it already has information on the available wind resource from previous measurement campaigns carried out with a LIDAR device in which the speed and direction of the wind at different heights was determined using light pulses with the aim of recording the data to analyse and evaluate the viability of the wind installation in the Port of València.
This initiative is a further step forward in the process of decarbonisation of Valenciaport, which continues to take firm steps towards meeting the objective of zero emissions by 2030. In this sense, the PAV has also started projects for the installation of photovoltaic plants in the ports of Valencia and Gandia, the construction of the electrical substation in the Valencian precinct, which will allow the docked ships to connect to the electrical network, the replacement of the PAV vehicle fleet with hybrid and electric vehicles, or projects related to the improvement of energy efficiency, such as the change of lighting in the ports of València and Sagunto or the improvement of the efficiency of the climate plant in the port of València.
A Priority Objective
The PAV and the port community have set the fight against climate change and sustainability as a strategic and unrenounceable objective in all their areas of work. In addition to the proposals referred to above, Valenciaport is making a major commitment to the construction and improvement of rail connections with an investment of 240 million euros in the coming years.
Also, and within the framework of this strategy, it is worth highlighting public-private collaboration initiatives such as the one developed together with Baleària for the use of cleaner fuels such as LNG or the H2PORTS project through which three hydrogen pilots are being developed: a supply station in the Port of Valencia, a tractor unit for ro-ro operations and a Reach Stacker machine for container handling.
On the other hand, reference should be made to projects such as GREEN C PORTS, the aim of which is to reduce the environmental impact of port operations in cities and to control emissions in the main European ports. In fact, within the framework of this initiative, the PAV has installed new environmental control cabins that will analyse in real time the quality of the air, noise and meteorological conditions in the port facilities.