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Power generation during loading and unloading

Final Report Summary - PLUG (Power generation during loading and unloading)

PLUG was a joint research and development effort supported by the European Commission to develop an innovative, high capacity (up to 25 MW) ship-to-shore power interface for the new generation of dual fuel diesel electric (DF/DE) liquefied natural gas carriers (LNGCs).

Based on the inputs from the project's group, they have developed a ship-shore power exchange software demonstrator. The work has included assessment of the potential power market products, definition of the most feasible target market products, specification of the requirements and their implementation in the demonstrator.

The demonstrator allows simulating electricity exchange between harbour and vessel, based on different pricing models (spot prices, constant prices etc.). In order to disseminate the results, the demonstrator is available for free downloading from the SINTEF's web-page: Sintef Energiforskning has mapped the potential markets and the involved actors, which are commercially relevant in the scope of the project. Based on this, a business model for operation of PLUG has been developed. The model is based on the e3value business methodology. The methodology has been developed at Free University of Amsterdam by Dr Jaap Gordijn and Prof. Hans Akkermans and successfully applied in several European R&D projects. Technical data and specification of expected load profiles related to LNG tankers has been provided by Högh LNG shipping company (Norway) and by Wavespec Ltd. It has been chosen to use the LNG installation at Melkøya in Northern Norway as a reference point for the business models and the scenarios.

Although the PLUG concept was meeting the project objectives, the consortium requested to stop the activities before starting the detailed engineering and test of the demonstrator, due to time constraint linked to demonstration project postponement and evolution, requiring market reassessment and industrial future policy investigations.